In New Zealand, on Brighton Beach near Christchurch, there was a mass stranding of millions of what I think was Heterothyone ocnoides (I don't have relevant info. with me) in the 1880's - there were huge knee-deep piles of them on the beach, and many of them were still alive.
Then, on Folly Beach near Charleston North Carolina, at times millions of little "Cucumaria" pulcherrima wash ashore there pretty regularly after storms..
And on North Carolina beaches, we would frequently see scores of "Thyone" briareus washed ashore after storms.
From: flmnh-aspidolist [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
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What a pity - if material would still tbe avaialable, please consider Brussels as a potential depository
Hi Yves – I asked for specimens, of course, but no one had taken material. The word is out though. Cheers – Gustav
Hello Gustav et al,
'Cool', if spare (wel relaxed and preserved) specimens of this species would still be available, we in Brussels would be most interested to accomodate them.
Their accomodating address would be:
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)
Conservator Invertebrates Collection (Non Insects)
Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: + 32 (0)2 627 41 24 (office)
Fax: + 32 (0)2 627 41 41 (office)
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cheers - Yves
FYI – the “deep sea cuke” is the shallow water Molpadia arenicola J
This episode was kind of cool, as it gave me an opportunity to convey a tiny piece of information to two reporters and then to watch it evolve as it passed through the media and internet. I said absolutely nothing about the deep sea to reporters. Likewise, I did not even hint that this stranding was somehow a consequence of warming ocean temperatures, but that has also been attributed to me. Very interesting, and a bit disturbing.
On Dec 2, 2016, at 7:42 AM, Paulay,Gustav <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
OK – that is funny. I should have known. Paul Barber sent me a picture of one a few days back. So not a deep sea beast after all. Much more sense.
Molpadia arenicola! I didn’t know who it was Tues pm when people were calling; figured it out Wednesday morning.
Hi Bruno – I could not really see much in the article other than your name – curious what critter was involved? Cheers - Gustav
Deep sea cukes was ashore en masse; see link below
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