Friday, December 05, 2008

I Should Know Better

I should know better than to leave shells sitting on the floor on my deck. As you know, we have critters here. Critters, such as raccoons, who like shell fish or even the leftovers from shells. I went out shelling yesterday and found a lot of shells that were still hinged. I didn't want to put them in bleach water because it dissolves the hinge and kind of defeats the purpose of collecting hinged shells. So, I left them in regular water sitting on the deck last night. And this is what I found this morning. So much for some of my hinged shells! And forget the Sea Urchin which I had collected. I bet it tasted good to some little critter.



7 comments:

ChrisC and JonJ said...

That sucks!I dried my sea urchins in our pet carrier.Kept the critters we have here,out.
My condolences for your loss....

Tink *~*~* said...

Well, crap! I think Chris has the right idea, caging up her finds. I never heard of not bleaching the hinged ones - have not had a problem with bleaching them, myself, but I do make sure they are good and dry before I move them.

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Kathleen said...

Raised in East Tampa in the 60's and 70's where it was just wilderness then.We were told never to get near a racoon durring the day..."Rabid"

Neptunesmuse said...

The raccoons were probably very thankful that you provided a little snack,plus the water to rinse their little hands after snacking. You are a good hostess!!!

Snowbird said...

Kathleen, raccoons down here are different than raccoons up north. Down here they are "tidal" meaning they eat according to the rise and fall of the tide. So if you see them in the daytime--and we do all the time on Sanibel--it doesn't mean that they are rabid.

ramblingwoods said...

What do you think ate it where you live?

Snowbird said...

Rambling Woods--you never know. Most likely a raccoon but it could have been a possum or an armadillo. But my bet is on a raccoon