Mucky Mother Nature

silver gulls on the kelp wrack

After days of seaweed building up at our end of the beach conditions were perfect this morning for a big maggot hatch.

high tide flooding the kelp mass

The seaweed flies have been busy laying their eggs in the stranded kelp, now the young wrigglers are providing a rich feast for seagulls and fishes.

seaweed fly maggots hatch in their millions

I love the warm smell of decaying kelp, and just as well, since we make a kelp tea to fertilise our vegetable garden. Kelp is high in nutrients and is a vital part of the beach eco-system providing food and sustenance for scores of creatures.

gulls eating maggots as they wash into the sea

When we see the beach like this there is an instant reaction of ‘Yuk!” followed immediately by an appreciation of and fascination with the intricate cycles of life, waves of life and death, and the amazing beauty of it all.

12 thoughts on “Mucky Mother Nature

  1. Yes, the word maggot invokes a yuk response, but as I was reading your post the cycle of life, as you mentioned at the end, is exactly what I was thinking. Nature provides. Please don’t ask me to take a walk along the beach with you until they are gone, however! 😉 Margie

  2. I find everything about the cycle to be so interesting — even the maggots! Lovely shots.

    I read a story once where someone made a soup or a strong tisane from kelp to nourish someone who’d been shipwrecked or something ………anyway, it’s nourishing aspects were vital to this character’s survival.

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