We need all coast lovers to help us search the shoreline for shark and skate egg cases. Collecting this information will help us to understand the different kinds of sharks and skates in our seas. It can also indicate potential spawning areas and nursery grounds for the young shark pups.
Everything you need to know about finding, identifying and recording your egg cases is below. Download our Guide to Egg Case Hunting and read through our FAQs. Don't forget to let us know how you got on and happy hunting!
Guide: Hunt for Shark & Skate Egg Cases
When is the best time to go hunting?
You can find shark and skate egg cases throughout the year. The best time to look is after stormy weather when lots of seaweed and debris has been thrown up on the beach. Make sure you bring warm clothing and good shoes!
Where is the best place to look?
You can go hunting on both rocky shores and sandy beaches. The best place to look for egg cases is within the strandline – the seaweed washed up at the top of the shore. Some may also be blown into the crevices between rocks at the top of the beach. They are well camouflaged so keep your eyes peeled!
Where do I submit my egg case finds?
We're working with The Shark Trust to collect information on our local egg cases. You can record all of the details about your egg cases through their online form. Or check out their Great Eggcase Hunt app - free for iPhone and Android phones.
What happens to the records I submit?
Through the Sea Deep project, we are collecting records from sharks at sea and egg cases on the shore. This information will help us to understand the endangered sharks, skates and rays better so we can work to secure stronger protection and management measures.
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