By Susan Greene
Taking a walk along the sea shore, with eyes cast down, encountering the multitude of items washed up on the sand can get the curious wondering. “Where did that come from?”, “is this flotsam or jetsam?” and more questions will flood the inquiring mind.
Seaweed and sea shells, even though an expected sight, will trigger pondering of the places they’ve been. What happened to the rest of the plant or the sea creature that once called a shell home?
How far have these bits traveled?
Philosophically, how did these end up in this location, at this time, in this shape at the same time as I?
Seaweed, according to the NOAA website, is “utterly essential to innumerable marine creatures, both as food and as habitat, they also provide many benefits to land-dwellers, notably those of the human variety.” It also comes in many shapes and sizes.
Finding myself tangled up in seaweed thought, I stumble upon something unexpected.
A mussel shell like a tiny bowl full of water, even though the tide is out and everything in the immediate vicinity is dry makes me curious, but not as curious as this…
If only it could talk, what stories would be shared of its journey and ultimate arrival on the sand in Redondo Beach, California?
Spotting sea glass on the local shores is not an everyday occurrence and when it does, I view it as a gift, and also start wondering: how long was it in the sea? what type of bottle was it? how did it break apart?
In the absence of concrete answers, let your imagination run wild. The rope is from a colorful fishing vessel off Mexico. The glass is from a Japanese saki bottle and has been in the water for 25 years. The seaweed has floated down the coast from Alaska before getting caught in a current and deposited on this shore all the while playing host to many sea creatures. You get the picture.
Visit the NOAA website if you would like to learn a bit more about seaweed regarding some of the health properties and benefits to humans and sea creatures.
I will be at water’s edge creating back stories for the lost and found.