Rare sea creature washes up on Dorset beach

Dorset Echo: Sea Mouse on West Bexington beach Sea Mouse on West Bexington beach

A RARE sea creature which is only usually seen at the depths of the ocean was found washed up on a Dorset beach.

Biomedical scientist Paul Harris was walking along West Bexington Beach when he stumbled upon a Sea Mouse, which can usually be found buried up to 6,600ft beneath the waves.

The rare creature, which feasts on dead animals and is covered in colourful hair, is a type of marine worm.

Dorset's coast has been battered by severe storms in recent weeks and tonnes of rubbish, dead seabirds and unusual finds have been washed up on the county's shores.

Mr Harris, of Upwey, said: “I had no clue what it was at first but when I got home I looked it in one of my books and realised we'd found something really rare.

“It said they are only found in very deep water and only ever seen in very severe storms.

“The storms have been bad in Dorset and my wife and I have been beach combing for interesting artefacts- we've found some really amazing stuff.”

He added: “Sadly, this one had already died but it was an amazing find in Dorset.”

The discovery follows another in Kent last month when a woman walking along the beach came upon another of these rare sea creatures.

Last month, a family spoke of their shock at finding a shark on Charmouth Beach.

Ten-year-old Nate Gillan was out fossil hunting when he stumbled across what experts claim is either an endangered blue shark or a tope.

The Sea Mouse must have been flung ashore in recent storms.

Sea Mice can grow up to 12 inches long and are normally found just below the intertidal zone on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean.

Experts at Weymouth SeaLife Park confirmed that the creature is a Sea Mouse.

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2:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

"Last month, a family spoke of their shock at finding a shark on Charmouth Beach."

I fail to understand why this should elicit "shock". In storms, dead things get washed up.
"Last month, a family spoke of their shock at finding a shark on Charmouth Beach." I fail to understand why this should elicit "shock". In storms, dead things get washed up. JamesYoung
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2:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

livid99 says...

For the benefit of some people here - a sea mouse is not actually a mouse, neither is it a dead mouse which has fallen into the sea. It is actually a worm which happens to be hairy, squeeks and looks like a mouse. Bizarrely, in Japan there is mouse which looks like a worm, is bald and eats soil. If you find one of those on the beach it would be an even more amazing find !
For the benefit of some people here - a sea mouse is not actually a mouse, neither is it a dead mouse which has fallen into the sea. It is actually a worm which happens to be hairy, squeeks and looks like a mouse. Bizarrely, in Japan there is mouse which looks like a worm, is bald and eats soil. If you find one of those on the beach it would be an even more amazing find ! livid99
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2:55pm Fri 7 Mar 14

livid99 says...

JamesYoung wrote:
"Last month, a family spoke of their shock at finding a shark on Charmouth Beach."

I fail to understand why this should elicit "shock". In storms, dead things get washed up.
James, What the Echo fails to mention is that this Shark was about 12 feet long and was still alive. It tried to eat Nate Gillan and his bucket full of fossils.
If I was a member of that family (which I am not) I would be shocked too !
Be careful what you say.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: "Last month, a family spoke of their shock at finding a shark on Charmouth Beach." I fail to understand why this should elicit "shock". In storms, dead things get washed up.[/p][/quote]James, What the Echo fails to mention is that this Shark was about 12 feet long and was still alive. It tried to eat Nate Gillan and his bucket full of fossils. If I was a member of that family (which I am not) I would be shocked too ! Be careful what you say. livid99
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5:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

codlips says...

They are not that rare, I've caught a cod off Chesil who's gut contents contained one of these sea mouse.
I don't understand how they think it could of been a tope if it was around twelve feet long.
They are not that rare, I've caught a cod off Chesil who's gut contents contained one of these sea mouse. I don't understand how they think it could of been a tope if it was around twelve feet long. codlips
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11:56pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Tinker2 says...

Not so rare? These things must be breeding like mice, because we found one at Hive Beach the other day.
Not so rare? These things must be breeding like mice, because we found one at Hive Beach the other day. Tinker2
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1:42am Sat 8 Mar 14

suunto says...

Not at all uncommon - see http://www.marlin.ac
.uk/speciesinformati
on.php?speciesID=256
4
Not at all uncommon - see http://www.marlin.ac .uk/speciesinformati on.php?speciesID=256 4 suunto
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1:51pm Sat 8 Mar 14

osmington4 says...

It wasn`t a "nick clegg" was it?
It wasn`t a "nick clegg" was it? osmington4
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