Sea Grapes & Atlantic Cockles

20 Jun

It’s been a while, so I wanted to do another blog on life on Siesta Key. We are surrounded by lots of lush tropical vegetation including lots of sea grapes. It is an attractive plant, but the grapes are not edible. You see them everywhere on the key, adding to the natural beauty of our little island. I snapped this image near the beach.

As many of you know, we have been on a quest to gather up as many sand dollars as we can. They are pretty easy to score during low tide … you simply have to venture out to the sand bars that develop about 50 to 100 yards or so off the coast. While out on the hunt yesterday, I spotted what I thought was a tiny sand dollar about a foot under water. When I reached down to get it, I found that the object was much larger than I originally thought. I dug deep into the soft white sand and pulled out a massive Atlantic Cockle shell. It was about 4 inches across — they don’t get much bigger than that (about 5 inches max). Beautiful shell — have a look. Yeah, I know we live on the Gulf side of FL — go figure!

 

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