Fish Hoek resident Lorraine Lemmon- Warde submitted these images of salps washed up on Fish Hoek beach on the 17 August 2013.

String of developing salps? Photo Lorraine Lemmon-Warde

 

String of developing salps?  17/8/13.

Salps found on Fish Hoek Beach. Photo Lorraine Lemmon-Warde

 

Salps. 17/8/13. Much larger than those previously found. Adult size?

A week later, on the 24 August, Lorraine sent another email:

For the past couple of days thousands of black mussels, plus many different shells, have been washing up onto the beach with every high tide.  The seagulls are having  a wonderful time.  Some people say that this is the result of the recent red tide and that they are not edible but, according to regular collectors who are filling buckets, they are the result of heavy seas unearthing sand mussels and are not poisonous.  They say that this only happens every 3 or 4 years.

See also http://scenicsouth.co.za//2012/11/splashes-of-normandy-in-fish-hoek/

(Ed’s note – they washed up en masse last year too after a big swell in False Bay.)

Masses of black mussels washed up on Fish Hoek beach. Photo Lorraine Lemmon-Warde

Masses of black mussels washed up on Fish Hoek beach. Photo Lorraine Lemmon-Warde

Mussels and other shells washed up on Fish Hoek Beach. Photo Lorraine Lemmon-Warde