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Cap'n Vic scouts the seas: Part 4

Newport's Easton's Beach
yields mementos
of the sea

For several centuries Easton's Beach (First Beach) at the end of Memorial Blvd. was one of the better beaches in Rhode Island during the summer. Off season, people go to the beach just to enjoy the view; walk, jog or run; read a newspaper; have lunch; or just explore what's washed ashore. Captain Vic likes to grab the morning paper, a cup of coffee "and" at Dunkin Donuts at the top of the hill, and spend a half hour ... or so ... down at the beach. Off season ... there are no parking meters and no lot parking fees.

Here a sample of what washes ashore. We don't eat what washes ashore ... but First Beach can be sea gull heaven after a storm. If you collect stuff, the snail shells are generally empty, but some of the clams are still in their homes til after the sea gulls banquet.
This overall shot gives an idea of relative size. The white clam is about 5 inches across.
Surf Clams up to 7 inches wide are used for Chowda. You'll see the seagulls dropping the smaller ones from the air to crack the shells for their lunch.
Little necks are served on the half shell.
Blue Mussels
Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe Crab [upside down]
Razor clam
Local crabs are cooked up like lobsters.
Left lobster claw.
Rockweed has little air bladders. Often used as the weed of preference in a clam bake.
Mermaid's Purse is the egg case of the skate fish.
The Channel Whelk egg case.
Barnacles on a snail shell.
Knobbed Whelk
Knobbed Whelk
Blue Crab [inside of big claws are bright blue, when alive body is not red orange but more green blue]
Whelks drill holes into clams to have lunch.
Paper Spoon Shells
Common Limpet
Snail [Moon] shells come in a variety of colors.
Snails are good to fill a glass lamp. Wash to get the sand out; dry; a quick rinse in a semi-gloss water-base varnish to bring out the color, a couple of days to dry, and it's lights on.
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