The East cost of Yorkshire is one of the area where fossils are relatively easy to find. Not huge dinosaur bones, although sometimes it is possible to discover the remains of marine reptiles, but the more delicate and intricate sea dwellers such as ammonites and belemnites. This easily overlooked artistic celebration of the area’s pre-history can be found on a slipway on the quieter side of Whitby harbour off the East Pier.
In the soft rock of the east coast it is quite easy to find fossil ammonites and the imprints of them left behind. This rock was just picked up off the beach, the memory of the prehistoric sea creatures etched sharply on the smooth stone – until the sea eventually erodes them away.
Whitby, famed for its ruined Abbey and tales of Dracula, is an old fishing port on the east coast of Yorkshire. This photo shows the east pier at the harbour entrance along with the eastern lighthouse which was built in 1855 and stands 16.5 m high. The lighthouse shows a red fixed light whereas its taller counterpart on the western pier displays a green light.