Honeycomb Worm

Although we've been here for nearly fifty years and have visited Bude many times, we had never walked out beyond the breakwater until yesterday. It was low water on a big tide, and we were astonished to find great pllowy encrustations of the sand-coloured tubes of the Honeycomb Worm, Sabellaria aereolata on the reefs of rocks running out to sea.

This marine worm builds its tubes out of sand and feeds on tiny suspended creatures in the water, needing a fairly exposed situation. Mainly a Mediterranean species,it is on the northerly edge of its range here in the British Isles.