12 Mar 2013

The 'beast from the East' and a night fossil hunt.

Easterly winds, called the 'beast from the East' by the BBC's weather presenters, have been roaring into Runswick Bay for four days now. You would not want to be out in yesterday's waves:

The winter gales have stripped all the sand off Runswick beach, exposing boulder clay washed from the fast-eroding cliffs, shingle and stones usually covered by the sand deposited on the upper beach in spring and summer.


So of course Number One Field Assistant (NOFA), being 9 and wildly enthusiastic about the exposed beach, proposed a fossiling trip. At night. In a gale. I, being 48, was less enthusiastic, but the with the Blogdog's casting vote in favour of going for walkies, off we went exploring the beach. And I'm glad we did. The highlights of our finds are below. Right, a Gryphaea, a jurassic oyster, around 180 million years old and to the left a piece of jet, found by torchlight on a jet black night.

It's been a good week for Gryphaea (also called Devil's Toenails), the last few days' haul is shown below.
So, Number One Field Assistant, Blogdog and I are off again. Face freezing easterly winds? Check. Snow flurries? Yep. But at least it's light, so mustn't grumble.

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