I believe it to be a scoured portion of a seaweed root. I picked it up because of its delicate mottling which suggested some kind of aquatic leopard.
It is the colour of dried out peat mixed with mocha and a dash of rich balsamic vinegar. It is soft with a pliable mossy spring to it. It is really a rather remarkable thing.
I collected together a little seaside sampler (and then got frustrated with my camera for falling out of focus around the edges).
|Seaside Sampler, Cari-Jane Hakes, 23 May 2012|
Number 2 - a crab the size of your fingernail.
Number 3 - an aquatic leopard (whom you have already been introduced to). Number 4 - a large limpet shell (or a chapeau chinois (a chinese hat) as the French sometimes call them).
Number 5 - assorted seaweed fronds.
C'est tout for today mes amis!