This afternoon Crox Mimina, Canis Croxorum and I took advantage of an exceptionally low tide and some rather dramatic weatherto go down to Cromer East Beach and do some rock-pooling. We were pleased to have discovered this -
a jewel of a Cretaceous fossil sea urchin (Micraster). We've found quite a few fossil sea urchins at Cromer over the past couple of years or so, all of which are now curated in the Crox Minor Musem of Geology. We were also excited - if not exactly pleased - to have found this.
It's a greater weever fish (Trachinus draco), about 15 cm long, which had been caught high and dry by the retreating tide. It was, however, still alive, so I scooped it up onto Crox Minima's spade, and, with the help of Crox Minima's bucket, and Crox Minima herself, carried the fish out to sea where it swam off. I've known of weevers in Cromer for a while but had never seen one. Good job neither of us trod on it - those dorsal fin-spines can deliver an agonizing dose of venom.
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