I am not ready to leave the beach, and my friend Michelle and Duane’s pool. So I have extended my stay until June 1, before heading north. If I needed a sign I made the correct decision, yesterday as Maggie and I walked onto the beach for our evening walk, what did I find?
A sea bean!
To be exact: Thick-Banded Hamburger Bean. Yes, they look like little hamburgers, but they are seeds! They have traveled long distances from Jamaica, or even as far away as the Amazon River. Falling into a freshwater river traveling downstream into the ocean, only to land thousands of miles away on a south Florida beach. The bean is a bit larger than a quarter.
“Mucuna fawcettii, was named by Ignatius Urban in 1908, from specimens found in Jamaica. Presently, it is a bit of a dilemma to those interested in drift seeds. The problem: This species has been described as being endemic to Jamaica… i.e., it grows ONLY in Jamaica. Additionally, there are statements that it is probably extinct from Jamaica (see: Perry & Dennis, 2003:179)… i.e., it probably doesn’t grow there…IF it no longer exists at the ONLY place that it grew, then why do we keep finding these seeds washed ashore?”
I will never know where my little sea bean came from, but I was so very excited to find it, these are very rare. Could it be a sign? Also, I shot an 89 golf score on Sunday. A good sign of things to come?
Regardless, I am staying put on the Treasure Coast of Florida until June 1, enjoying Michelle and Duane’s pool, daily beach walks, finding shells and seeds, and improving my golf score.
Stay healthy everyone!