15th October 2017

The Storm Cometh


Storm Ophelia - a tropical storm - brough with it a red sub and eerie yellow light and a weird smell of burning in the south west, though to be from ash blown in from wildfires in Portugal.

It has also brought a third wave of portuguese men of war with reports of hundreds washed up in north Cornwall. The above photo was taken by Teresa James.


More about Portuguese Men 'O War here.




9th October 2017

How many starfish!!??!


There are reports of starfish being found in unusually large numbers in the South West. Some are washing up and some have been not so lucky. There seems to be an army of beacj walkers who are picking the live guys up and popping them into rock pools.

Have a look at our new guide to starfish.


UPDATE: A theory has come to our attention which might explain the phenomenon - strfosh have been observed 'starballing' ie. rolling alon th seabed with their arms in a sheroid shape in rough seas. The theory is that this may be  a deliberate act on their part to enable them to spread their larva around but it may sometimes go wrong and lead to mass strandings.


6th October 2017

A Second Wave


The last few days have seen another 'wave' of Portuguese Men 'o War coming in with sightings in Dorset, Cornwall (where there have been hundreds washed up on the north coast), Weston Super Mare, Wales and North Devon. 


More about Portuguese Men 'O War here.


5th October 2017


Valuable ambergris found in Scotland


Garry McPhail found what he suspected was ambergis - he noticed the telltale squid beaks embedded in it - and has now had it tested. It really is ambergris! Potentially worth around £800 for a kilogram, that's a lucrative bit of beachcombing!

More on ambergis here.


5th October 2017

Harvest Moon shows up


The Harvest Moon is the annual full moon which is closest to the Autumn equinox (22nd September this year) but this is actually the first one we've had since 2009. Harvest Moons look bigger and more colourful than usual full moons because of the tilt of the moon's path around the Earth.


13th September 2017

Exotic visitors!


There are reports of Portuguese Men 'O War being washed up on the north coasts of Devon and Cornwall. it is thought that it is perhaps the hurricanes going on in the Atlantic which are sending these unusual visitors in our direction. Their sting is incredibly painful and potentially damaging so keep a safe distance.
More on these exotic creatures.


There have also been other unexpected findings on our beaches, probably as a result of the combination of the hurricanes in the Atlantic and our own storms. Amanda Baldwin came upon the macabre sight in Putsborough, North Devon, of a dead stag with no hind legs, a dead seal and the remains of a leatherback turtle. There have been a number of other sightings of washed up dead leathback turtles in the South West of England and southern Wales.


Reporting sightings.


Below is Amanda's photo.


8th September 2017

Keep yourself
Beach Safe!


With bad weather on the way, we've launched BeachSafe - advice and important phone numbers to keep you and yours safe on or near the beach.


Here it is! 


13th August 2017

Bongo the Friendly Seal


Bongo the seal, a seal that was rescued sa a lost pup and released earlier this year, has made her home on the slipway in Lee, North Devon. Sadly, she is a little over friendly and not only chases around families in search of snacks, but has also taken to following passing cars.

UPDATE: For her own safety, she has been moved to a more secluded location.


If you see a seal in trouble, here's what to do.


13th July 2017

'Eel give you a surprise!


A conger eel was found washed up on Woolacombe Beach in North Devon measuuring perhaps up to a metre. These eels are common in the waters of the west coast but are stiull a bit of a shock when they are found stretched out on a beach! More on the eel here.


13th June 2017

Thousands of 

jellies arrive!

Jellyfish in their hundreds and thousands are being reported washed up on our Welsh and South West English coast beaches. These largely clear jellyfish with visible pink rings are Moon Jellyfish, also called Common Jellyfish. They are not known to be stingers - the main danger they pose is making some of the beach incredibly slippery!

4th May 2017

Octopus found washed up in North Devon

This large octopus was found washed up in a harbour at low tide.

26th April 2017

Large numbers of LARGE jellies reported

These barrel jellyfish can grow pretty big (that's an adult's flip flop in the first photo) and currently, there are lots of reports of them out at sea or being washed up onto beaches. Despite their size, they have a very weak sting and so pose little danger to us.


2nd April 2017

 Message in a Bottle FAIL

This bottle was found on Woolacombe Beach. How far had it travelled? How long had it been at sea? The message inside revealed all.

18th March 2017


Weird things washing
up at Woolacombe

Rebecca, from Woolacombe, got in touch this morning to say that two lots of weird things have washed dup on Wooalcombe Beach. The first unusual sight was these thousands of By-the-wind sailors. More on these can be found at this page.



Even weirder though, were these little plastic bottles which a quick Google search of the name on them, Gloxi, suggests is a brand of drink advertised as a 'height-enhancer'. Rebecca picked up a large number of these bottles.


Sadly, these mass strandings of by-the-wind sailors are not uncommon as they cannot swim and are at the mercy of the wind and the currents. However, I have never seen bottles like these Gloxi ones on the the beach and it is a mystery how so many ended up there.


14th March 2017

An exquisite
and rare find


This seahorse has been found at Crow Point in North Devon. More about this rare find here.

23rd February 2017

Having a whale
of a time

A humpback whale has been spotted very close to shore at Slapton in South Devon. More on this story here.


















































Have a look at our galleries of beach finds above.











One on the north coast and one on
the south coast


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