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TrotlineDesigns (Ron Joseph) In The Glades ADMIN September 25, 2010
Going to send him out again in a few days.. who will get him?

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I found this sea heart bean when I was a child. I decided to send it around the world to see how far he could travel without having to float on his own. So far it has been a blast and we hope you enjoy the fun that we have had and you can have with the Sea Heart Bean!

Sea-beans (also known as drift seeds) come from trees and vines that grow along tropical shores and rain forests all over the world. The seeds fall from their parent plant into waterways, such as the Amazon River, then drift through inlets to reach the ocean. They travel with ocean currents until they wash up on a beach somewhere, perhaps thousands of miles from their origin. Sea-beans are hard and buoyant, which helps them survive their long-distance voyage.

In Florida, September and October are typically the most bountiful times to find sea-beans. Tides leave behind drift seeds along with seaweed, driftwood, tar, trash, and toys. This line of debris on the beach is called a wrack. With each successive tide, the wrack is pushed farther toward the dune line. However, sometimes a high tide will sweep over the wrack and pull it back out to sea, carrying the seaweed and drift seeds to another beach. Ocean currents, connected to each other in a huge global transit system, can carry sea-beans from current to current- so, a seed from Jamaica could travel to Florida, then to New Jersey, and then across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom.

Can I eat sea-beans?

Sea-beans are studied for medicinal uses, and a few are available commercially as nutritional supplements. Edible drift seeds are the coconut and Tropical Almond.

Now if you would like the sea bean to meet you and your friends just let us know here and we will put you on the list.

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