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Galveston possesses some of the most fertile beaches
in the country for beachcombing, a peaceful and
Zen-inducing pastime of hunting for ocean treasures
that have washed up on the shore, sometimes after
spending hundreds of thousands of years traversing the
waters of the Earth.
The three most common finds on Galveston Island
include sea beans, shark fossils (teeth and vertebra),
and sea glass. Chances of finding these aquatic
wanderers increase if you know both where and when
to look for them. Here is a little local insider information
for a fun and successful beachcombing excursion.
Sea Beans
Sea beans are one of the easiest and most popular things to find on
the beach during spring and early summer. The beans come in many
shapes, colors, and sizes. As with all beachcombing prizes, once the
first one is found it gets easier to find them more frequently.
Sea beans are seeds and fruits from tropical plants and vines of
coastal areas around the world that fall into rivers and then drift
into the ocean. Once in the ocean, the currents can carry them for
thousands of miles and many years at sea before landing on beach.
The currents in the Gulf of Mexico bring many species of these beans
to Galveston area beaches at about the same time as the sargassum
(commonly known as seaweed) arrives.
By Katherine Pollock
t r e a s u r e o n t h e t e x a s c o a s t
Select beachcombing finds of Wyhnona Burnett of
Crystal Beach, including a coveted sea glass stopper
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