Florida Beach Surprise: Plastic Pigs at Sebastian Inlet

Sebastian Beach, Florida

Sebastian Beach, Florida

Beachcombing Find: White Piggy Bank from Cuba

Beachcombing Find: White Piggy Bank from Cuba

Beachcombing Find: Blue Piggy Bank from Guatemala (looking right)

Beachcombing Find: Blue Piggy Bank from Guatemala (looking right)

Beachcombing Find: Blue Piggy Bank from Guatemala (looking left)

Beachcombing Find: Blue Piggy Bank from Guatemala (looking left)

Sea Pigs Poster

Sea Pigs Poster

June 2, 2012

Last Fall we found a white piggy bank washed in near Sebastian Inlet. After cleaning, the pig’s cute features became visible – she has little flowers, hearts, and horseshoes on her body, a barrette on her head, and a smile on her face. So adorable! Even more impressive is her journey. I got the complete story from Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer at the Sea Bean Festival. This little pig probably floated away from Cuba around 1993-1994. She likely spent many years in the Sargasso Sea, before riding an ocean current to Sebastian Inlet.  Imagine her journey – she must have bobbed on the waves past sea turtles, fish, and dolphins!  Everything at the beach has its own special story.

Update:  December 16, 2012

We found another plastic piggy bank washed in near Sebastian Inlet!  This new pig is blue and is from Guatemala (according to writing on the bottom that says Codeplasa).  He has a soccer ball with stars on one side, and a baseball with stars on the other.  He is also wearing a sports hat.  Apparently he has been riding the waves for quite some time, because his little ears and feet all have fish bites on them!

A link to a newsletter that contains a history of plastic pigs that have washed onto beaches throughout the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic is at:  http://www.seabean.com/seabean/newsletters/  (select 2002, Vol. 8(3): Dec 2008).

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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