Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Beware Of The Shell



Yesterday we spent the day at Ft. Desoto Park beach

We saw dolphins playing offshore, a stray sting ray or two, and a few friendly grouper who seemed very comfortable around groups of humans in the water.

Then I found this innocuous bivalve shell in the water and set it on our blanket to keep the two sides attached until it was time to go home.

Later, I picked it up and saw a bunch of long legs in it...

Turns out a large spider taken refuge inside the shell presumably to get away from the heat.

Yikes!

Talk about heebie jeebies. Yeah, it wasn't all fun at our day at the beach.

8 Comments:

At July 22, 2009 3:01 PM, Blogger jan said...

Spiders are our friends. They are carnivorous and eat harmful insects but don't compete with us by eating plants.

 
At July 22, 2009 4:06 PM, Blogger cube said...

I agree with you about spiders... up to a point. That point is crossed when I pick them up or they come into up close & personal contact with me, then all bets are off.

I do tolerate spiders better than I tolerate the ginormous cockroaches we get here in Florida. IMO those are the worst.

 
At July 22, 2009 6:27 PM, Blogger Ananda girl said...

Had that been me, there would have been a dance and screaming! Shaking of hands too. uuuuugggghhhh

 
At July 22, 2009 6:59 PM, Blogger crazy4coens said...

i want to be at the beach - but i want to avoid spiders!

 
At July 22, 2009 10:28 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That sounded darned near like paradise until the whole spider thing happened. I HATE spiders! If I kill one in the house, then I feel like something is crawling on me for the next few hours. I can't rest and certainly would not be able to sleep after killing a spider. They are hitonious!!!!!
Other than that, I'm glad you had a nice time at the beach.

:-)

 
At July 24, 2009 12:02 PM, Blogger birdwoman said...

I see your heebie and raise you a jeebie - I was dealing with trash day when we had crab cadavers in the trash. Our can was filled with larval flies - one of which I found crawling on my leg about 10 minutes later.

I still shiver.

(*)>

 
At July 24, 2009 5:31 PM, Blogger cube said...

Ananda Girl: Oh, there were
screams. I don't pick up a large spider and bring it close to my face without invloving some screaming . My youngest went into scream mode too because I scared her.

I'm just glad the spider hid in the shell and didn't decide to crawl on me while I was reading on the blanket.

 
At July 24, 2009 5:33 PM, Blogger cube said...

Crazy4coens: You and me both.

Jamie Dawn: Other than the spider incident, it was a super nice day at the beach.

birdwoman: Ewwwwww. I've never heard about hitchhiking maggots before.

 

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