Sharklab-Malta are delighted to be joining the Great Egg Case Hunt working as part of The Shark Trust project. You’ll hear much more about this in the next few months.
Did you know that some sharks, and all true skates, reproduce by laying eggs. These are surrounded by a tough leathery capsule that protects the embryo as it develops inside. After several months these are ready to hatch, and a fully-formed shark or skate will emerge.
Once empty, the eggcases (or mermaid’s purses) often wash up on the beach. One of the best places to find them is among the strandline, where the seaweed washes up. The eggcases of different species vary. So, by looking at the size, shape and features, we can tell which species laid it. You can learn to identify eggcases too. We’ll show you how!
Why not get involved? Eggcase hunting is a great way of finding out what sharks and skates live off your stretch of coastline.
We will list any upcoming local activities in our Events Calendar
You’ll find more about The Shark Trust’s increasingly global Great Eggcase Hunt here.
The mini video below shows our interns combining an egg case hunt and a beach clean – they had a successful morning!
The most common egg cases that can be found in the Maltese Islands are show below – hope they will help you do your own detective work!