Saturday, November 26, 2011

Turkey Day at the beach

So we all survived the gargantuan meal. Turkey was cooked to perfection and the in-laws showed us again how important family dinners are but only if it comes with good food.  
Though Thanksgiving is only part of the custom of my country of adoption I do enjoy celebrating this tradition.

Chesapeake Bay. This is where my husband’s folks bought a house to retire and enjoy the view of the Bay.  This is where, probably for many years to come, I will celebrate family reunions.  

6:00 am. I get out of bed just to watch the beauty of nature unfold outside the window

As a tradition part of the tradition, the day after we go stretch our legs on the beach. Lots of fun. The primary excitement is looking for fossils and remnants of horseshoe crabs and Miocene age sharks (pretty ancient), precisely shark teeth.
So here is the 1st one we found. Sophie was the lucky one. It’s a very competitive hunt, just so you know, so when you find one, you can be proud and show off. 
Here Gus, who was on another kind of hunt, displays a recently shed horseshoe crab shell. Note that the species is actually as old as the ancient sharks that use to leave and die on this beach. Only that, this species survived. It actually is considered a living fossil.
Here, we are on a different mission:  Sadly, other things can be found on this bounty that looks at first untouched by humanity: remnants of humans from the Anthropocene age, known for their global impact on the Earth’s ecosystem: plastic bottles, bags, toys and even a colander!!

Well, and I also found not 1 but 3 shark teeth!!!  
I know, you’re jealous.

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