Common Whelk laying eggs
Common Whelk laying eggs

The egg capsules of the Common Whelk , sometimes called - fishermans soap , sea wash balls.
The eggs are layed over many days on a rock , each capsule contains a number of fertile and hundreds of unfertilised eggs . The hatched baby whelks eat the unfertilised eggs before emerging.
The sponge like mass of empty capsules is often washed ashore.

Ref: 12984

Date: 16/03/2014

Location: Monkstone Point

Common Whelk laying eggs

The egg capsules of the Common Whelk , sometimes called - fishermans soap , sea wash balls.
The eggs are layed over many days on a rock , each capsule contains a number of fertile and hundreds of unfertilised eggs . The hatched baby whelks eat the unfertilised eggs before emerging.
The sponge like mass of empty capsules is often washed ashore.

Ref: 12984

Date: 16/03/2014

Location: Monkstone Point