[Eggcase hunting © sghaywood photography.]

GREAT EGGCASE
HUNT PROJECT

We need your help to search the shores for washed up shark and skate eggcases!

What's an eggcase you may ask? Well, skates, and some species of shark, reproduce by laying eggs on the sea bed. After several months these hatch and a miniature skate or shark emerges.

Once empty the eggcases often get washed up on the beach and can be found among the seaweed in the strandline. They come in all sorts of amazing shapes and sizes. And because they're all so different, we can tell which species laid it.


It's important to record which eggcases are found and where, because it helps us to find out where sharks are laying their young. We can then work to protect these areas, which are known as shark nursery grounds.

So, next time you’re at the beach, why not take part in the Great Eggcase Hunt. Or why not ask your parents or teacher to arrange an eggcase hunt at a beach near you. 

Eggcases can be found all year round, so whatever the time of year keep an eye out!

Happy eggcase hunting!


RESOURCES:

We've created a range of resources to help you find, ID and record your eggcase(s), which you can download below. For those days you can't get to the beach we've also created an eggcase hunt trail. 

Eggcase ID Guide (pdf)

Eggcase Indoor Trail (pdf) & Junior ID (pdf)

Record Your Eggcase

Skate Life Cycle Poster (pdf)

For more information and resources at www.eggcase.org