Last week we went to Boca Grande. Cool place to visit. We hung out on the beach just before you get to the Gasparilla Island State Park. After a while we checked out the Park and the Boca Grande Lighthouse then ate lunch at The Loose Caboose. The fish basket was tasty.
On our way out we stopped again at the beach, at some little pull-off parking lot. A storm was coming so we weren’t going to stay long. I started beachcombing while the guys jumped in the water. First I found a large and gorgeous snail shell. Then, up on the sand, among dried-up sea weed, I found some really cool looking bones. We Googled skeletons of all the sea creatures we could think of once we got home
and couldn’t find a match. So today the boys and I went to MOTE, the aquarium in Sarastoa, and asked if anyone could identify the bones. There must have been about 6 biologists that stopped by to take a look. Apparently they really dig looking at creature bones. Some said it could be the jaw of a large tarpon, another said it could be from a whale (since it’s pretty large). I was referred to USF. They have a museum and the paleontologists and archeologists might be able to identify the bones better than the biologists.
It was a fun trip that kept us busy. I’ll contact USF through email with some pictures tomorrow. Meanwhile, we’re calling it our sea monster.
On finding those bones. Did you happen to see the article about the Texas family that found some odd bones too back in late June, early July at Longboat Key. The ones you found look like they would fit together with the ones the other family from Texas found.
The story and photos appear on TBO and on a couple of Colorado news sites. Google “sea monster + longboat key” to get the photos. The other family took their bones to Mote Marine & to USF but they couldn’t be identified there either.