(Edit: hello to all from Whitby Sea Anglers. A longer welcome here.) Another unpromising day on the beach, 30 mph face-freezing SE winds making the prospect of wet-handed naturalizing uninviting:
And here, in the centre, a Gryphaea. The scouring tides have meant that a lots of these Jurassic oysters have come to light: they're usually a rare find of Runswick Bay beach.
However, a little further down the beach, find of the day. Two big Gryphaea, which appear to have died together. Overwhelmed by a mudslide, died of some unknown Gryphaeaic ailment or eaten, part digested and vomited back by a small icthyosaur? Who knows. But these two specimens are fine additions to the collection, photographed here in situ and compared to the other, more usual-sized Gryphaea that have been found as a result of this 'spring' weather and tides: