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Hellooooo I'm back from the wilds of Lochalsh with a mystery that I only found the answer to myself yesterday afternoon...
...so what is it?

I hope you've all survived the terrible weather (I do hope you are drying out now Muddy) it made me very glad to be in a Lighthousekeepers cottage that has stood many hundreds of storms over the last 100+ years.

Posted at 7th Jan 2014 - 10:07AM   Posted by Fairy Nuff   Mystery Tuesday Comments: 25

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Westerwitch's Avatar Lovely to have you back.

Is it a fungus of some kind???

Posted by: Westerwitch on 7th Jan 2014 at 10:18AM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar The rare and much desired underwater lemon?Blink

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 7th Jan 2014 at 10:19AM

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KitKatCot's Avatar I thought fungus too, looks like a puffball.

Posted by: KitKatCot on 7th Jan 2014 at 10:35AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Is it in water?

Posted by: Westerwitch on 7th Jan 2014 at 11:31AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar And is it salt water, or fresh water.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 7th Jan 2014 at 11:31AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Your getting very technical WW!Laughing
Yes it's in water and yes it's salty.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 7th Jan 2014 at 11:34AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Lampy is dangerously near to the mark even though she was joking!!!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 7th Jan 2014 at 11:35AM

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Camilla's Avatar Is it a Lemon Sole?Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Jan 2014 at 11:42AM

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Cadfael's Avatar The rare and large much desired underwater lemonLaughing

Posted by: Cadfael on 7th Jan 2014 at 11:43AM

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Fennie's Avatar It's a sponge isn't it? Though I thought they grew further south. Perhaps this is the Northern Herbaceous or Lesser-Spotted Sponge. (Bathbagus Desirabilita).

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Jan 2014 at 11:45AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar It is a sponge Fennie, well done, now can anyone tell me what kind?

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 7th Jan 2014 at 12:16PM

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Camilla's Avatar A Sea Lemon.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Jan 2014 at 12:25PM

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Faith's Avatar Lemon Sponge ... but no custardLaughing

Posted by: Faith on 7th Jan 2014 at 12:31PM

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Faith's Avatar Breadcrumb Sponge?

Posted by: Faith on 7th Jan 2014 at 12:33PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Ohhhh so close Camilla, a Sea Lemon is a type of sea slug Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 7th Jan 2014 at 12:44PM

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Fennie's Avatar I take it it isn't the Northern Herbaceous or Lesser-Spotted Sponge, then?Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Jan 2014 at 12:53PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar It's more of a Bathbagus Naranja FennieVery Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 7th Jan 2014 at 04:05PM

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CalicoKate's Avatar Wow! Interesting critter! Never heard of, or seen one, or at least if I have, I didn't know what it was!

Bathbagus sounds like a wizard staring in a Harry Potter book!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 7th Jan 2014 at 05:02PM

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Fennie's Avatar Naranja? Citrona - surely?

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Jan 2014 at 05:49PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I was being more specific FennieLaughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 8th Jan 2014 at 10:49AM

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Ivy's Avatar sea orange than if it is something along the citrus range...
as sea grapefruit sounds even more odd....

Posted by: Ivy on 8th Jan 2014 at 11:54AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Woohoo well done Ivy it's a Sea Orang.
Also known as a Sulphur Sponge. Very Happy
It's very retracted in the photo as it was quite a shallow rock pool it was in, as the tide comes in it reaches up into a long tube and sucks the passing detritus into its "mouth".

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 8th Jan 2014 at 12:26PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar "e" Sea Orange

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 8th Jan 2014 at 12:26PM

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Ivy's Avatar It was a random guess when I typed it and only later found an article on Encyclopedia Britannica that such a creature really exists. But the article wouldn't load completely so I am not much wiser....

Posted by: Ivy on 8th Jan 2014 at 03:40PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Here we are Ivy...

Suberites ficus
The Sea Orange Sponge is a bright orange sponge-looking sea creature that is also known as the Sulphur Sponge. It can be found all around the coasts of England in shallow and deep waters. It attaches itself onto rocks, ship wrecks, empty shells and also on the shells of living Hermit Crabs.

The Sea Orange Sponge is a group of cells that live together to form a colony and the colony is held together by a spongy body. The body can be ten to forty centimetres in diameter and is usually an orange colour, but it can also be yellow, brown, green, grey or white. The spongy body has a system of pores and canals which water passes through. The cells in the sponge body need to be able to work together to be able to survive as an entire animal so certain cells have specific functions. Some cells maintain the flow of water through the spongy body, some reproduce and some are filter feeders which store and bring food to other cells.

Some cells reproduce by ‘budding’ which means they can create other cells that promote growth. Some cells can also create eggs which hatch directly in the water. The larvae that hatch out of the eggs may become part of zooplankton for a while, but usually they settle immediately to develop into adult Sea Orange Sponges.

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Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Jan 2014 at 11:13AM

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