I took a work trip over the weekend to one of the barrier islands off the coast of Georgia- Sapelo Island. You can only access the island by ferry and the island itself is very rural- no stores, one gas station. I encourage you to read more about the history of the island here– it’s pretty interesting.
One really unique part about the island are its beaches- its so rare to go to a beach these days and have it entirely to yourself. This was my view on one of the beaches over the weekend:
It’s pretty hard to beat that!
Now for the totally cool part (at least I think it’s totally cool- watch out, my marine biologist geek side is going to come out now)- horseshoe crabs. I grew up on the west coast and we don’t have these guys- they look like little tanks motoring around under the water. Not to mention that they are living fossils– pretty amazing! Up until this weekend, the ones I’ve seen have been pretty small. So imagine my surprise when I came upon the remains of one that’s shell was as big as my foot (note: I wear a size 11 women’s shoe- I have big feet- also, excuse the nail polish)
Then I found a whole one, flipped over, almost the same size:
I’d originally thought he was dead- until I noticed the pattern in the sand to the right of his shell. That’s from his tail, trying to flip himself back over (he got left on shore when the tide went out- and yes, it is a “he”- only the males get this large). I flipped him back over…and he started motoring towards the water!!
Pretty cool huh? I thought so anyway!
Here’s a couple more shots I took on the beach- I hope y’all had a great weekend!
Jellyfish washed up on the shore