The next hike will be on Saturday, 1st February.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we had pleasant dry weather, but the high ground was mostly hidden in the clouds so we decided to do a coastal hike for a change. The shoreline running north from Shingle Beach to near Hydro West is rugged most of the way, but a well flagged hiking trail runs along the cliff tops and skirts the impossible sections by swinging inland here and there. At any time of the year it can be a physical challenge so right now with lots of moisture everywhere is certainly not the best time!
My photo is of a clam shell that was at the side of the trail last week and probably dropped there by a gull flying up from the beach. I knew a marine Moon Snail had cut the round hole - the interesting thing about it was that the round piece of shell is always missing except this time it was not and only fell away when touched.
A clam shell with a large hole cut in it by the marine Moon Snail, Neverita lewesii. [TH photo]