Mass Stranding of “Sea Potatoes” Gives Tourist A Rare Sight In UK

UK beach visitors were able to experience a very rare sight over the past weekend as hundreds of small marine invertebrates known as sea potatoes washed ashore.

Although beaching of sea potatoes are rare, the marine invertebrates in very common in temperate coastal waters around the world including Britain.

In a 2016 BBC interview, Plymouth University marine ecologist Professor Martin Attrill explained that mass strandind are not unusual and that large groups of the marine invertebrate gather in late summer to spawn. Due the large numbers gathered, any storm or strong winds have the potential to carry the sea potatoes to shore, causing the stranding.

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