Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stone, anyone?

This may look like just a stone. Nothing interesting, perhaps. It is special, however. This stone comes from the bum of something like this!

When I went to the Otago Peninsula in August, our guide found this stone and asked who wanted it. A British woman immediately grabbed it. She was faster than I was. I expressed interest in finding another one and in her infinite kindness, the woman gave me hers instead.
It is a poop stone!
Sea lions swallow these stones to help them digest their food and then they poop them out all nice and smooth.
Lucky me to have possession of such a thing!
(refer back to entry on Otago Peninsula if you'd like to know a bit more about these giants!)

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