Thursday, August 11, 2005

A Bit Of Flotsom...


In the ocean, any hard surface will be colonized by encrusting organisms. This basketball must have spent a few weeks or more drifting. It's got a distinct waterline which means it mainly floated in one position instead of rolling around willy-nilly.That was probably helped by the counterweighting as more algae and gooseneck barnacles attached to it on the wet (green) side.

The ball was also used as a perch by seagulls. If you look at the dry side (shadow side) you can see the light and dark streaks of sea gull "poo" running down the sides.

And even though they left no evidence, you can bet that as it floated, a variety of small fish swam close beneath it, trying to avoid larger predatory fish.

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11 comments:

swamp4me said...

Maybe that's Wilson from Castaway... :-)

Zanne said...

I thought the exact same thing!!!

Floridacracker said...

Swamp,
I think it just might be a picture of a tanned Wilson relaxing at the beach...either that or his cousin Spaulding...

Floridacracker said...

Zanne,
You and Swamp are too funny. That movie never crossed my mind when I was writing that post.

I liked that movie, but never understood why he wanted to leave it...

Floridacracker said...

Of course, I got in trouble when I expressed that thought out loud...

Rexroth's Daughter said...

When I saw the basketball it reminded me of a photograph someone sent to us the other day. It was of a catfish that had a child's basketball stuck in its mouth. A fisherman saw a ball moving strangely on the surface of the water and figured out that a fish was attached to it. He was able to get to the fish and free it by deflating the ball.
Floridacracker-- I'm with you--why would anyone want to leave that Castawayisland? On the other hand, I suppose being alone might not be so much fun, no matter how witty that basketball turned out to be!

Hick said...

I can't believe y'all thought it was Wilson. Wilson was a Volleyball...silly people.

Heh.

I wouldn't want to be alone on that island either, but he sure lost a lot of weight. Maybe...

swamp4me said...

Hick, don't you know wandering alone at sea can change a person?!
;)

thingfish23 said...

Maybe there were some "footballs" herding bait underneath that basketball. If I was out and saw it floating, I'd cast to it.

Friends of mine on the Atlantic side have seen schoolie Mahis rounded up underneath less structure than that.

Deb said...

I was just musing in my blog about the importance of cover for fish in a river system. I didn't see any basketballs there, however!

Floridacracker said...

Thing,
You know it. The smallest, weirdest floating object can hold fish beneath it.

Deb,
I enjoyed your description of the river survey.