We had the shortest day out at the beach ever a couple of weekends ago. I feel I can write about this now, now that the last spine has been extracted from my husband’s foot. What happened was this. We decided to go a day trip to Santa Clara beach instead of staying overnight due to newish and adorable commitment of Siamese cat. My hubby was kind enough to let me go in for a swim first, which I duly did. The water was perfect and I had a nice little swim with our children.
Then it was his turn to go in. He waded into the water, then came back out almost immediately and sat down clutching his foot. Both feet had blue-black largish dots stippled on the sole and heel. He was super-worried, we knew he had stood on a prickly creature, the question was which. We could rule out the stingrays which have been frequently sighted along this coast…as that would be one large sting, not lots of little ones.
We heard calls from the sea, I ran down to the water’s edge with the children, only to see a teenage boy bring out this critter:
This was definitely the culprit, all the spines, the creepy wiggling around of said spines, yet such beautiful bright colours and markings. This sea urchin seemed to just have one purpose in life – to catch unsuspecting humans and inflict great pain on them. (Yes, I know they are only trying to defend themselves against predators, but really!)
Another cry from the sea, the teenager had found another urchin, which had proceeded to spike him on the hand. (Not entirely unsurprisingly if you ask me, but never mind!)
When another one then washed up on the beach, we decided our day trip was over… husband hobbled up to the car, and I drove us all home.
Life is pretty unpredictable, because on the way home, we stopped at this chicken grill place, Chacho’s Grill (awesome, by the way!) we always go to in Coronado, fell in love with a vibrantly coloured painting, met the artist, one Chantal, and bought the painting on the spot! Here he is signing our painting for us:
And, to return to urchin-related events, the last prickle in my husband’s foot was removed by the doctor last night and he is now on antibiotics and feeling much better.
Now, should this post be filed under Places to go in and around Panama City or Wildlife and Plants? Hmmmm….