I had to turn to the Internet to discover whether the dead sea creature I’d found on the beach was an octopus or a squid. Based on the descriptions I found, I concluded it was an octopus.
That’s the first time I’ve found an octopus on the beach. Perhaps the recent huge tides caught up this poor little thing.
The beach is always changing. People fish offshore in boats, large and small, so we find quite a few dead sea creatures washed up. Earlier this year, I came across the porcupine fish in the photo. It’s definitely not the only one I’ve ever seen, but was in fairly good condition.
Sometimes there are seals. Luckily this one on Otaki Beach was still alive, but I’ve seen tiny dead seals too on our beach.
I had to quickly put the dogs on the lead and change direction to avoid that one.
Back in January this Pelagic Thresher Shark was a very unusual find. Its tail is about as long as its body.
Our small dog, Sasha, gives a good idea of the shark’s size.
Another January find was this sizeable stingray.
Delving back into 2015 I find a Frostfish.
Research told me this large bird was an Australasian gannet. As I recall, there were actually two of them on the beach. We’d had fierce winds earlier that week.
This, apparently, was an eel.
Sometimes there are horses, always very much alive, thank goodness, unlike the goats, sheep and cows that turn up dead on the beach.
Some of the ‘dead’ things are more undesirable than others, such as this burned out car.
On of my favourite all-time finds though, is this from 2 years ago: some splendid fungi attached to a piece of driftwood.