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Today’s Find

The parents took Mady and Lauren to Busch Gardens today.  Why didn’t I go?  I’ve been there, it costs $75 to get in and it’s not very relaxing, that’s why.

I hit the beach by 8 a.m. and after an hour and half, this is what I found.  The teeth were harder to find today.  The last couple of days the beach has presented huge bars of shells, which is where a lot of the teeth get caught up.  With a little raking you can find what I’ve got below in a short amount of time. 

Today was a different story.  The shell bars were mostly gone.  What remained was no wider than one foot.  So, I had to resort to standing at the water’s edge.  I like doing it that way.  But it can also make me rather dizzy.  And you have to be fast.  The ocean gives just as quickly as it takes.  You might see the coolest tooth ever and then watch it be taken away just as fast as you saw it.

 

I also found a ton of mouth plates that belonged to stingrays.  They are pictured on the left in the photo above.  They’re like a little rectangle with slats in it.  I like finding those.  I also found a nice barb from a stingray, but my kid took off with it.  I’m sure it will surface sometime soon.   My folks have prehistoric horse teeth, and bones from mastadons as well.  I found a big bone this evening, but I don’t know what it’s from. 

I pick up almost everything that is black.  You might find a vertabrae from something, or a drum fish tooth.  Both of those items are round.  I like the way that the fossils can be different colors.  Some are black, some are gray and some are more of a brownish or orange in coloring.  It all depends on what color of sand the fossil has spent its lifetime in.  This area here has the largest contintental, coastal shelf, so that’s why the fossils are in abundance.  I know some people have found teeth in the rivers of the Carolinas as well.  But mostly they are found right here, where I’m at, right now!

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Bird Booty

I’m back in Englewood until Friday when we all head to Pine Island for the 4th of July.  My husband and my son arrive later this evening and the boat’s ready to go.  Tomorrow we will head out into the Gulf to fish once again.  Today, my mom and dad took Lauren and Mady to Myakka State Park.  I’ve never been there.  I felt like beaching it and being lazy today, so I did.  I was up at 7:00 a.m. and took my yoga mat out to the pool.  Today was the first day that I’ve used it.  Needless to say, my body knew it too.  I was sore in my legs and back from being barefoot on tile floors and sleeping in strange beds.  The warm, humid air felt good to my practice and I was thankful to be outside where I could hear a wide variety of birds chirping.  I practiced for one hour, ate breakfast then donned the sunscreen and walked to the beach with a small plastic bag.

The beach here is notorious for prehistoric sharks teeth and I’ve found a few in my visits here.  I walked the beach for two hours today and found a nice batch of smaller shells and some smaller teeth.  I like to find a massive shell bar and stand in the surf and let the good stuff wash up to me.  You have to be fast though.  The ocean gives and the ocean takes pretty quickly.

My parents have found thousands of these teeth and lots of neat bones in their time here.  Cool stuff like bones from Mastadons, prehistoric horses and Two Toed Sloths.   That jar you see is huge and it used to be completely full of sharks teeth.  They’ve given lots of these teeth away to the weary travelers (like us) and others that come to visit.  They also sell some in the garage sales that they have from time to time.

I’ve found some pretty decent teeth in my day.  Decent like perfect in condition and decent in size.  But never anything like this.  My dad found this big tooth diving.  That’s my hand holding it.  This tooth is one of the largest ones that he’s ever brought up.  When you dive for these, they look like a black lump of coal and have stuff growing on them.  Sometimes, you can’t be sure it’s even a tooth.  We bring them home and put them in 5 gallon buckets full of vinegar for a few days.  It’s amazing what might be revealed after a day or two!  One year, we went to a flea market and had this lady wrap that tooth in the background.  Nice bling eh?

After I walked home from the beach I spent 4 hours in the pool.   I also spent some time in a pool recliner deckside.   I was almost asleep when I heard a weird noise.  Right above my head I saw this.  Yep, bird butt.  I know you’re dying to know.  No, he didn’t poop on me.

This Great Egret hangs out in the drive way and we do feed him bait fish after we get in from fishing.  It’s at least a two hour ordeal to clean the boat after it’s been out so the bird usually hangs out for quite awhile.  But today, I was totally surprised to see him land on the pool cage.  Times like these I’m glad I have my camera close by.  My dad says sometimes a stork will land as well, but they’re much heavier than this egret.  I hope I’m not asleep poolside when one of those big birds decides to come crashing through the screen.