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Kirsty Cunningham
Hi all, I found this on the beach in bridlington and it is most likely nothing, it appears sponge like but I have never seen anything like it before. If anybody has any information I would be grateful. Thankyou Click image for larger version - Name: 15222671236422084288182.jpg, Views: 33, Size: 2.71 MB
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prep01
Hello Kirsty and welcome to the forum. Either I.m going mad, or this is a nice example of the Silurian (430 million year old ) coral called Favocites, but how a complete specimen got there I can only guess - dumped! I have tweaked your photo below.

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The area shown in black below is where the coral had been parasitised and the pulyp deformed.

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If anyone (TqB)? has any other ideas?
Colin Huller
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Kirsty Cunningham
Wow! How amazing if that is the case, I have always been obsessed with rockpools and pebble hunting on beaches and never in my 31 years of doing so come across anything like this. It was found where the recent storms had pulled at least 2 feet of sand from the beach. I will add some pictures where it was found.

I have been searching the internet for hours trying to find another example and struggled to find one.
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TqB
I don't think it's Favosites (although the colony shape is similar - that's not diagnostic though).
What size is it and how wide are the "cells"? And any chance of more photos? - a closeup is needed really, and one of the other side if there's anything to see.

It could be modern, or maybe a sponge of some sort from the Chalk. Looks like a fine specimen whatever it is!
Tarquin
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Kirsty Cunningham
Apologies, I thought two other photos had uploaded, I am new to this and by no means an
expert. It is 15.5 cm in diameter. The cells range from 0.5mm - 1.5mm. Click image for larger version - Name: 20180328_205638.jpg, Views: 30, Size: 2.27 MB
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Kirsty Cunningham
1 cm thick Click image for larger version - Name: 20180329_100622.jpg, Views: 22, Size: 1.83 MB
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Hydrangea

Could it be a piece of expanded foam filler? 
Roy D.
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TqB
I don't think it's a fossil but it looks like an organism and the side view shows what may well be be a sponge spicule network. So modern sponge is my best guess but I'm not sure.

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Tarquin
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Kirsty Cunningham
Whatever it is, its certainly very interesting, to me anyway :-) thank you to everybody.
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