Florida Sea Beans: Coconuts and Sea Coconuts

Coconut Collected on Florida Atlantic Beach

Sea Coconuts Collected on Florida Atlantic Beach

It’s a real treat to find a huge coconut on the beach.  If you shake it, you might hear fresh coconut milk inside.  Coconuts can easily travel thousands of miles across the ocean, and have been documented floating for over 30 years!  If you wish to plant a coconut, drill a hole 1/8 inch deep so that fresh water can get inside for the seed to sprout.  Sea Coconuts look like brown golf balls and are also edible.  These  “miniature coconuts” come from palm trees at the mouth of the Amazon.  These trees have 30 foot leaves – among the largest in the world!  Notice how one of the Sea Coconuts floated for so long that it has barnacles growing on it.

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.

2 Responses to Florida Sea Beans: Coconuts and Sea Coconuts

  1. Sometimes seeds like the small ones you have shown turn up on the coast of GB and France. They are not quite circular but slightly bean shaped. I believe these have come to us via the gulf stream but because it takes so long to get here, they are no longer viable on arival….past their sell by date.

    • Pam says:

      How interesting! I read in the book Flotsametrics (about ocean currents) that the Gulf Stream does carry sea beans all the way to Europe.

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