We've done it again! This time we biked from Petra in Jordan up to Nazareth in Israel, to raise money for the Nazareth Hospital CT Scanner appeal. Nazareth is the largest Arab town in Israel, but they still don't have a dedicated Stroke Unit to cope with this devastating condition and major cause of death. Click here to find out more, and please help this fantastic cause. Thanks!

15 August 2010

What the heck is this? [Marine biology]

So we're walking along the beach at Jordanstown, minding our own business, when one of the kids gets swallowed whole by this critter. It's about 20cm long (that's a 5 pence piece there to give you some scale), has dozens of fleshy little undulating legs; you can see it's segmented, and when bothered, it exudes a milky liquid, which I presume is either some sort of repellent, or possibly worm sexy stuff (whatever turns 'em on, I guess).

OK, that's enough clues - who's going to identify the beast?


  1. [I have managed to work out that it's probably an annelid of some sort...]

  2. It might also be some type of arthropod.

  3. Hi William, thanks for that; I don't think it's an arthropod: it was soft, and has frondy appendages rather than "legs". There is a division of the annelids called Polychaeta, and I think it slots in there somewhere. Good luck with your career! :-)

  4. Am I being stupid or is it some sort of ragworm Shane ?

    I've never seen anything quite that big though, and not at the beach at Jordanstown.

    P.S. Did you know the park is going to be closed for 6 moths due to renovation ? The amenity building is going to be demolished and rebuilt. The new centre will have Cafe along with a brand new set of toilets. It should be impressive when finished next March.