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Dec 2, 2017 10:47 AM

Found this on Wembury Beach,possible sponge or eggs?

I was walking on Wembury beach, Devon, shortly after stormy weather in June.The rockpools were full of a soup of tiny ripped up bits of seaweed and other debris.

I found this object in one and wondered what it is.Personally I'm leaning towards some sort of sponge perhaps,but don't know what sort or if this is it's full size or would it have got bigger.I photo'd one in situ and took it out to photo more clearly before returning to the pool.

It is about the size of your thumbnail and rubbery,with a hollow tube like shape.At one end it has grown around/engulfed a piece of seaweed,presumably once a larger,growing,seaweed plant,now torn apart by the storm.It is covered in tiny rough bumps or stippling - the only thing I can compare it to would be shark skin texture.If someone could suggest any answers that would be great.Thankyou.

picked up for better look,wembury rockpool 10.6.17.JPGno id coral sponge 10.6.17.JPG

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