These aren’t tar balls…. or donuts (Clark thought this photo looked like donuts- huh?). This is SEA PORK.
There were lots of them on the beach this afternoon at the lighthouse with many different colors, shapes and thicknesses. I know I’ve shown you these before but I wanted to squash the rumor that I heard on the beach today that the black ones were tar balls. They are not tar balls.
The first time I saw SEA PORK, I thought it must be an organ from some kind of fish. Then I picked one up and it felt like a piece of rubber. To see more pictures and to get more info, take a look at more weird SEA PORK by clicking on… ” What’s This Stuff On The Beach?“. I’ve got some pictures of some cute mini shells but I’ll have to show you tomorrow- oops! Where did the time go today?
OMG!!! When i was just in Pass-a-grille I saw these brainy mushy like things in the water.. and just had to shoot pics of them… bc, being in Psych and Forensics… I think its kinda cool.. but the gypsea in me was like… well…not while I’M IN THE WATER!!! So thank you for clarifying that I was not seeing floating brains of some sea creature!!
Did you take the ferry out to Shell Island or go to Ft Desoto?
When we were there in January we saw lots of pink and orange sea pork. I’ve seen some nasty stuff in my life, but… I finally touched it with the tip of my sandal and found it soft and mushy. It looked like pink insulation to us. HA HA!
The first time I saw one it was flesh colored and I thought it looked like one of those breast “enhancers”….thought maybe someone lost one out of their bathing suit! Now whenever we see one my friends and I just laugh and say there is one of those “breast implants”!! Counting down the days till I can be on the beach!
Pam–I’m so gald you mentioned this–when we were in Sanibel in November someone asked me what that was…I didn’t know so I told them to check out this awsome i Love Shelling page ;) They thought it was tar from the oil spill. Acck! I knew enought to tell them that it was not oil but not much else!
Thanks for posting this!
I have never heard or seen this. How unusual. Thanks for sharing.
When we were there a few weeks ago, some women was going around telling everyone these were tar balls. I thought, that’s how rumours start, lady.
Glad you did this post.
I had to show Bill and he asked if we “could cook it?”
My reply, NO, NO, NO!!!
Lee & Bill
LOL are you sure that wasn’t “Phil” who asked that?
Too funny!! “Phil” has gone into hiding!!!
Thanks, I was really amazed at the structure of this blob. Is this thing animal or vegetable? We too thought the black ones might be tar balls since there were so many of them on the beach in January. Sue Bunkin
It’s an animal…They are rubbery globs of cellulose that house tiny zooids that filter seawater as food. more info at http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/2010/08/17/what-is-this-stuff-on-the-beach/