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