Saturday 17 May 2014

Living ammonites: recreating a Jurassic sea

Last year Paddy from Lyme Regis Museum (well worth a visit) took over the window of Alice's Bear Shop (well worth a visit) for Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. Paddy also runs the Fossil Workshop below the bear shop (you guessed it - well worth a visit).

Seeing this re-ignited a much talked about idea among the Buckland Club of doing something to recreate a Jurassic Sea. The opportunity provided itself with Adrian, Maggie and Helena from the NHM bringing the underwater rover REX to this year's Fossil Festival (along with a replica ammonite and belemnite).

Maggie and I preparing the replicas for the sea

After attaching the creatures to some large weights Adrian ventured out to return them to the sea.

After waiting for the next day's morning high tide we launched REX and went to see if we could find the 'living' animals.

REX the remotely operated vehicle

Launching REX off of the Cobb at Lyme Regis

REX finds the 'living' ammonite. Now that's a Nature paper, surely?