Does anyone know what these are? I found them on Aberdeen Beach on Monday after a storm (well, I think there was a storm as there was a lot of things washed up) but these looked organic to me. There were a lot of them scattered around and were all about the size of a ping pong ball, or slightly larger - I didn't see any that were bigger. I didn't pick any of them up but I did kick one and it was hard, although it didn't look like it would be.
It's dead-man's fingers, Alcyonium digitatum, which is a soft coral, a colonial animal like the reef corals, & each little hole marks where an individual polyp is. They often have a finger-like shape hence the name. See also http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/319064
rhossilian - good ID - I have never seen that before; older and wiser now am I
Yet another example of a correct & unassailable answer, but due to the system unrecognised as such & dumped into 'assumed answered'
Thank you so much for that quick identification. I found a couple of similar images once I knew what to search for, although it comes in many different forms.
I see the last 2 have now been marked as answered, but there's no indication by whom; but it begs the question why this much clearer case hasn't yet been marked ad answered