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Prepare Your Eggcase
Once you have found an eggcase make a note of which beach you found it on (including grid reference or GPS location if possible to improve accuracy), the date, and any comments you think are relevant, such as recent weather.
Identify Your Eggcase Using Bucket Science
Once at home, you can prepare your eggcase for identification by doing a bit of bucket science:
- Fill a waterproof container with fresh water – you can use anything from a freezer bag to a bucket.
- Submerge the eggcase in water. If possible, remove all the air from the eggcase to ensure it sinks.
- Leave for an hour or two. The longer an eggcase has been out of water, the longer it will need to be soaked to fully rehydrate - some of the large eggcases may need to be soaked for up to 24 hours to return to its original state.
- Remove the eggcase from water. Now it’s ready to be identified.
When you’ve been through the Eggcase ID Key and taken photographs, dry the eggcase out in a well-ventilated spot. As long as the eggcase is empty, it won’t smell.
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