Yes, it's time we put you out of your misery and revealed what last week's Item of Interest actually was. Despite cries of it being a facehugger (LẌ), an albino's penis head (Hound), and Winnie the Pooh cosplay porn (yes, thank you, Mr Peenee), the item in question was...
A sea gooseberry (scientific name Pleurobrachia pileus)!
These little blobs of jelly can be found around the coastlines of Great Britain and northern Europe from early summer to autumn, often washed ashore where they gleam like jewels on the sand.
* Thank you Mago for the post title.
Now, on to some more photos from The Day The Sea Gooseberries Attacked, AKA 17th June:
|Despite being gnarled, battered, and well past its sell-by date, this old groyne centres up a treat, wouldn't you say, Dinah?|
|A lone oystercatcher|
|See? Jewel-like, isn't it?|
|One can make out this sea gooseberry's innards in these photos. Charming, eh?|
|The tide's coming in...|
Then, a day later, a calm sea belies a returning horror...
|Inexcuseable's husband beats a hasty retreat as a hideous sea monster rises from the depths...|
(if you click the link, scroll down to the 31st of July)
There. That wasn't so bad, was it?