Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lotus root-lookalike

I found this last month on the South Cottesloe Beach. The whole cluster is about 15 -20 cm across. I wonder what it is.


ria said...

Wow, great shot! We often see these things on our shores too. We believe they are cephalopod egg capsules.

Here's a bunch seen on some sponges in Jul this year.

Mosura said...

We get loads of those washed up here. Like Ria, I was always told they were cephalopod eggs or more specifically, octopus eggs, but I've never seen them in any reference books so I was never really sure.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Chai
If you don't know - what chance have I got. They never wash up where I am (700m above sea level).
If they are Octopus eggs, (as seems to be the consensus) are they empty, dead, or just the shells?

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Thanks Ria, Alan and Denis.

They are soft to touch. And they look like some white stuff packed within some whitish sausage casing.

Also, they reminded me of a type of noodle back home, called "lo shee fun", literally translated into "rat noodles".