Seahorse in Oosterschelde estuary, video

This video shows a short-snouted seahorse in the Oosterschelde estuary in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Corné Bolders made this video.

Good porcelain crab news

This is a long-clawed porcelain crab video.

Translated from the Dutch marine biologists of Stichting ANEMOON:

Autumn is just beginning, but we can already now for many species take stock of the observations in 2015. For the salt water and in particular the Zeeland delta, for both porcelain crab species, results are clear. In the central and western Oosterschelde the broad-clawed porcelain crab has been an increasingly observed species. This year, the long-clawed porcelain crab joined in. The attractive, but unfortunately small crabs are being encountered in this area more often and in increasing numbers.

Twenty-one, not ten, pearls in Dutch oyster

This is a 17 August 2015 video from Yerseke in Zeeland province in the Netherlands. At that time, people still thought that a special oyster had ten pearls inside …

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The oyster in which last month ten pearls were found on closer inspection turned out to include 21 pearls. Research by Naturalis shows that the pearls are all real.

Gemstones expert Hanco Zwaan of the Leiden museum has examined the oyster, which was found last month by a fishmonger from Yerseke, with X-rays. Under the mollusk’s body eleven more pearls turned out to be hidden. The find is very special, says Zwaan.

See also here.

It is not a world record: in Lebanon, once 26 pearls were found in an oyster.

This 2014 video is called How Do Oysters Make Pearls?

Starfish beached, video

This 13 September 2015 video shows brittle stars, stranded on the beach near the Burghsluis marina in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

See also here.

Mysterious fossils in Dutch Oosterschelde estuary

This 1961 video is about finding fossil mammal bones with a fishing boat, from the bottom of the Oosterschelde estuary in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Astrid Kromhout of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden reported on 7 September 2015 about two mysterious fossil bones, fished on 5 September 2015.

One of the bones used to belong to an aurochs, or, really, an aurochs ancestor; the other one to a mammoth.

Scratches on early Pleistocene aurochs ancestor bone

On both bones are parallel scratches. Hyena teeth or rodents’ gnawing don’t look being the causes of these scratches. Did a human ancestor cause them? But the mammoth bone is about 2.3 million year old; and the bovine bone is from the early Pleistocene as well. Then, all human ancestors still lived in Africa. The oldest traces of human ancestors in the Netherlands are 250.000 years old. So, mysterious indeed.

On 5 September, also other fossils were found, a molar and a bone of a 2,3 million year old mastodon.

Since 65 years ago, paleontologists go year after year aboard a fishing boat to use fishing nets to find fossils. During that time, 2174 fossils were found, mostly roughly 2 million years old.

Ten pearls found in oyster

Ten pearls in Dutch oyster

Translated from regional TV Omroep Zeeland in the Netherlands today:

YERSEKE – It is more common for people to find one pearl in an oyster. Even two pearls is not unique, but ten pearls in one oyster had never seen at the fish shop in Yerseke. But that was exactly what was found this Saturday during the Mussel Day in Yerseke.

House martin feeds its chick, video

This video is about a house martin nest in Zeeland province in the Netherlands, where a parent feeds its chick.

Bennie Janssens made the video.