Sunday, December 24, 2006
A quandary we are in, yes indeed... your assistance is hereby respectfully requested.
You see, after our successful escape from Hell itself, we walked south along Seven Mile Beach aways and decided shortly thereafter to explore the impressive bed of rock that formed the northern part of the "beach," only to discover that they weren't rocks at all, but a vast array of fossilized corals, crinoids and other wonderfully lovely creatures.
Much fun and wonderment ensued, and as Skylaire reached the little tidepools at the outer edge, she excitedly called out to me, for a discovery had been made! She'd found these fantastic living creatures!
Quite a lot of them, actually, looking for all the world like trilobites... nestled flush to the overall surface in little cavities in the outcropping that closely conformed to their shape. Skylaire, a brave lass, indeed, touched one, but it didn't react... it was hard and it was smooth. These creatures were about 4 inches long and contrasted with the coral they were living in rather than being camouflaged. (It was more dramatic a difference than in the photo, if I get inspired I'll adjust the curves in Photoshop.)
We both really want to know what these animals are... can anyone give us some insight? Grand Cayman, near Hell, is the place.
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