Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sea beans undressed

Sea heart (at bottom) and the pods that contain them above. We find the naked beans all the time on the beach here (more in the fall) but have to go to their tropical source to see the intact pods. The pods pictured were found in the south Pacific but they are found in tropical climates worldwide. Most of the beans we find on our beach here originate up rivers in the Caribbean and South America and travel for hundreds or thousands of miles before being washed up on our beach. There are dozens of other types of interesting floating seeds.

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