anne birch's picture

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Observed: 15th January 2013 By: anne birch
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Description:

small round terracotta coloured balls, non pourous, washed ashore at Botany Bay beach, hundreds and thousands of them!

Identifications

No identification made yet.

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Comments

Mark at Magdalen's picture

Could be man made. What's

Could be man made. What's inside?

anne birch's picture

terracota balls

They are solid stone like inside.

JoC's picture

Terracotta balls

Maybe they are the terracotta balls by gardeners.

Jo

lavateraguy's picture

Scale?

What is the diameter?

anne birch's picture

terracotta balls

They are the size of a chick pea.

anne birch's picture

terracotta balls

They are the size of a chick pea.

Rachy Ramone's picture

Calophyllum inophyllum?

This website about Drift seeds might be of interest:

http://waynesword.palomar.edu/pldec398.htm

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

scubamann's picture

balls

Maybe they are chick peas [what is a chick pea?]

Rachy Ramone's picture

Don't be silly!

Chick peas are edible!

The proper name is Cicer arietinum, and they are sold in supermarkets, either tinned, or dry in packets. They are legumes, and in my mind are categorised with lentils and other vegetarian stuff. (said the dedicated meat-eater...)

Raw, they would be firm, but not stone-like, and if they were immersed in water long enough to be washed up on the beach, they'd disintegrate.

Oh dear, did I fall for your joke?!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

scubamann's picture

chick peas

YES. Absolutely.
(sorry)

I regard chick peas as something equivalent to how I think Dr Johnson described oats in Scotland as "something they serve as a meal, whilst in England we feed them to horses". Actually I quite like porridge served with salt (not sugar) but have not found any acceptable way of having chick peas.
;-)
Scubamann

gramandy's picture

Anne....

...showed me these balls and they are really really hard - the inside is a black/grey colour and they don't really feel like a seed (too tough - I know certain seeds are really tough). They are extremely regular in size and are completely smooth no lumps and bumps or irregularities. They obviously float in and out with the tide. I was none the wiser for handling them - so over to all you guys out there.

lavateraguy's picture

I was thinking that they might have been ...

... the terracota balls used by gardeners, that is not a biological product at all. However your description of the interior seems to exclude that.

Would a photograph of a cross-section be possible?

Ray Arigho's picture

Terracotta balls

Could they be 'beads' as used for blind-baking?

scubamann's picture

terracotta balls

Whilst I have in the past been a bit flippant, this is a serious post.

scubamann's picture

terracotta balls

Whilst I have in the past been a bit flippant, this is a serious post.