Irishmarinelife received a report today of thousands of shellfish washed up on Bettystown Beach, Meath around the 12th of January. The observer was at a loss to identify the species, a light coloured and relatively large bivalve, smooth and unlike a scallop or oyster species.
After some researching it is probably the Otter Shell that she saw (Lutraria lutraria) which burrows in sand and mud substrates and is found mostly in The Irish Sea and also parts of Connemara.
There was a period of sustained easterly gales leading up to the 12th which led to the extraordinary disturbance of its habitat and its displacement onto the shore. We did not receive any photos of the event; if you have any, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.