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Waimairi beach this morning was covered in flotsam and jetsam.  We saw a large number of these creatures:

Do you know what they are?  This one was about 16cm long, and some were only half that size.  The skin looked quite hard.  When we saw them it was a couple of hours before high tide.

“I wonder what this fish could be
washed up there by the briny sea.”

 

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Recent rain has encoraged the growth of fungi, and there were lots on the path to the beach.

Dark toadstool

 

Golden toadstools

 

Twin toadstools

Orange toadstools

Back home, there’s a small colony at the back of the garden.

Cottage toadstools

I can’t identify any of these,  and I definitely won’t be sampling them.

“It seems to me that only fools
would try to eat these odd toadstools.”

 

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Two installations caught my eye on the beach today.
This one looks like a hitching post, or maybe a horse:

This one has been carefully edged:

“Creations made from sea-washed wood
caught my attention where they stood.”

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Effort and enterprise had gone into making this shelter above the beach.

It looked suitable for Robinson Crusoe, but there was no sign of any inhabitant.

“You need to climb the dune to reach
this basic shelter on the beach.”

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There were hundreds of people on Waimairi Beach this morning, and the car parks were full.

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It was the Junior Life Saving Carnival.  Juniors, aged 7-14, are taught the basic skills they need to feel safe in the surf.  Over 14 they can become eligible to join the beach patrol which is on duty Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday during the summer.  The Waimairi Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1949 and is run entirley by volunteers.

“At this surf club they aim to teach
skills that keep folk safe on the beach.”

 

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There was a dead baby seal lying on the beach this morning.

dead-seal-smallWith a butterfly yesterday, and a seal today, I’m beginning to wonder what dead creature I shall see tomorrow.

The belief that things come in threes is known as triaphilia.  Some say it’s because three is the first odd prime number (what about 1?) or that it’s related to the Christian trinity.  Apparently our brains like series of three, e.g. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll; Veni, vidi,vici; Friends, Romans, countrymen.

“Things often come in groups of three
no more dead creatures, please, for me.”

 

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This strange jellyfish was washed up on Waimairi Beach.

Spotty jellyfish (Small)

It was at least 20cm long, covered in dark red spots, and I have been unable to identify it.  Does anyone know what it is?

“There it lay, upon the shore
exposed to seagull, or dog’s paw.”

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