I can walk, but I will crawl there

Shark Egg-case and Deceased Embryo- San Francisco, CA

After particularly stormy weather conditions, it is not uncommon to find shark egg cases or “purses” on the shores of beaches. Dislodged from the kelp beds and rocks in which they are deposited, the egg cases and embryos wash ashore and desiccate quickly under the sun.

Generally these purses are ripped open by hungry sea-gulls and other scavengers. I noticed a group of gulls probing one. I walked up to the purse and noticed a tear in the egg case.

A deceased embryo was inside.

Please note that the developing shark was already deceased. The knife is for size reference.

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