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.

Seahorse discovery in the Netherlands

This video is called Big Belly Seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis): courtship dance.

Translated from the Dutch marine biologists of Stichting ANEMOON:

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

On July 22, 2015 scuba divers found a short-snouted seahorse in the Oosterschelde. In the past, observations of what for divers is perhaps the most popular Dutch fish were very rare. Years could go by without scuba divers seeing seahorses in the Dutch coastal waters. The past decade, however, almost every year sightings have been reported. Climate change is probably partly responsible for the fact that seahorses are now present every year in our coastal waters and are observed annually.

It is something special if it happens. You dive as 15-year-old sport diver for the first time ever with an underwater camera in the Oosterschelde. And then, you get the prize and can make beautiful digital photos of it. This is what happened on July 22 to Mees van der Sanden when she and her father went on an early evening dive in the southeastern Oosterschelde. That prize was a meeting with a short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus).

Many shelducks moulting in the Netherlands

This video is about shelduck courtship and mating behaviour.

Yesterday, 27 July 2015, Dutch regional broadcaster Omroep Zeeland referred to a ‘tsunami’.

Fortunately, they did not mean a real natural disaster, but, figuratively speaking, many ducks.

About 35,000 shelducks have gathered at the Hooge Platen sandbank in the Westerschelde river in Zeeland province.

This is the biggest number of this species there ever.

The birds have gathered there for their moulting season, when they can’t fly.

Beautiful moth species, new for the Netherlands

Eublemma purpurina, photo by Henk WagenaarOn 5 June 2015, a moth species, new for the Netherlands, was discovered in Zeeland province.

Moth monitors Piet Jopse and Henk Wagenaar found this Eublemma purpurina, Beautiful marbled moth.

This beautiful insect is a south European species. Climate change means it gets further and further to the north.

Bar-tailed godwits feeding, video

This video is about two bar-tailed godwits feeding at the mudflats near Bruinisse along the Oosterschelde in the Netherlands.

Though this video was made at the end of May 2015, they are still in winter plumage.

Brown bear bones discovery in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:

17 March 2014

The awe-inspiring brown bear lives in the forests and mountains of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. It is the most widely distributed bear in the world.

Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands:

Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:12

During recent archaeological field surveys in the dunes of the Kop van Schouwen bones of the brown bear were found by archaeologists of the AWN Association of Volunteers in Archaeology. This find is spectacular to mention, because since 1940 only a pierced bear’s tooth had been found in the province of Zeeland until now.

Living locally

A pierced bear’s tooth may have been brought as an amulet by people from elsewhere, but the discovery of the bones probably reflects the actual local occurrence of the brown bear. Expert Dick Mol ruled that the remains are indeed of a young brown bear.


When the bear was living in Zealand must still be precisely determined. Until now it was known that until the High Middle Ages (10th to 12th century) bears still lived in the Benelux countries. C14 dating can clarify the precise age of the bones.

See also here.