Mermaid’s Purse: Egg Case for a Shark, Skate or Ray

Subject: Bug/Creature? Location: Seaside Heights, NJ beach August 1, 2016 4:55 pm found a bunch of these washed up on shore from the ocean and was wondering what they are… Signature: Karen Dear Karen, This is a Mermaid’s Purse, the egg case of a shark, skate or ray.  According to About Education:  “Perhaps you’ve found … Read more


Unsure of type of creature found in San Diego, Ca area Location: Mission Bay San Diego, Ca. October 18, 2011 11:07 pm Hello! I am hoping you can help me. I was in San Diego visiting my family and the kids were playing in the water at Mission Bay in San Diego. They found an … Read more

Mermaid’s Purse

Ocean City MD I found several of these washed up on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland at the end of December, 2007. Can you tell me what it is? Mo Riddle Hi Mo, Though it isn’t a bug, we couldn’t resist posting your image of a Mermaid’s Purse, a very lyrical name for a … Read more