Thursday, July 23, 2009

yes! remnants of a horseshoe crab

Today -- another hot and sunny one -- was a successful short hike to the west island beneath the Lyons Bridge over the Indian River lagoon.

Broken brown beer-bottle glass was picked up piece by jagged piece from the sidewalk leading onto the island respite area -- earlier I could swear that I saw a red wide-toothed comb in the bicycle lane of the A1A roadway (north side) leading to/from Hutchinson Island, but when leaving the area another length of (knotted) nature-made rope was seen lying in the same place at the entrance to the corner realty office at the Sewall Point Road crosswalk.

After tossing some live cherry seeds into the brush alongside the entryway sidewalk, what appeared to be a +/- two-foot-long pipefish floated toward the protected shoreline, while a smaller +/- eight-inch-long smaller pipefish reconnoitered a short wavelength away.

After dumping the bagged glass pieces into one of the many west-island trash receptacles, a beachcomber-type walk along the island's south side revealed first and foremost, the filleted carcass of a +/- three-foot-long king mackeral floating in the water until ultimately beached as a flock of crows continuously vocalized from lampposts and trees ("aw aw aw"). Further eastward along the same shoreline a platter-sized ray lay supine and stinking in the sand, its skeletal parts exposed; a few other fish skulls remained embedded in the sand within a mangrove cluster. Feathers seemed to be scattered but more probably were deliberately dropped -- one red.

Beneath the bridge, some feasting fellow(s) left the remains of a watermelon at the water's edge, awaiting results other than flies alighting on rind and fruit. Birds hovering or perching around the potential baccanales included a flock of crows, an adolescent blue heron and some doves plus one pelican latecomer. Pieces of broken glass in the shoreline sand becoming-mosaic-worthy among piles of seashells, rocks and rubble were mostly green-colored with some clear examples. Yet another black BiC disposable lighter lay in the sand, metal parts rusting but its container still full.

The weathered and cracked shed carapace of a three-inch-long horseshoe crab was also found in the sand near the mangrove cluster, an apparently natural casting drop (but perhaps a 'plant' placed on the island from elsewhere); it is not complete but was carried away in backpack nonetheless before it might completely crumble.

The north side of the island featured a shell/rock conglomerate on the beach sand, about the size of a large egg with mostly rocklike density, similar in appearance to a desert geode -- the cup-like interior was lined with symetrically-arrayed toothlike spikes. I held it to examine it then replaced it in the sand.

The walks on these islands can be tense, because they are small and since there is still so much rubble remaining from the hurricanes of past recent years -- cement chunks; rusting metal pipes, stake-size screws and other iron-oxidizing debris; as well as tires and other human possessions abandoned (other than trash). While returning to Kcc upon the Lyons Bridge north side, what appeared to be a large insect that mimicked the bare minimum of a small bird carcass -- a few bones and two feathers -- lay on the walkway with a honeybee perched upon it. Honeybees are always seen on the Lyons Bridge because they fly to Sewall's Point where property-owners maintain numerous flowering trees and bushes.

An abandoned desktop PC terminal is sitting in the sand beside the recycling containers within Kingswood condo complex here in Stuart, and perhaps I will telephone the Salvation Army to hear if they will come and carry it away.

Note: The website offers entry titled, 'Saints and Education -- research position available'. The position described is scheduled in Germany.

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