Walking along the tideline on the beach my eye was caught by a smooth brown object lying under the dried kelp. With a whoop of delight I picked it up – a sea bean, this (extra)ordinary object has floated in on the sea currents, from some faraway tropical place. The seed is from the pod of the Entada rheedii, a tropical creeper that generally grows on river banks in Northern Kwazulu Natal and Mozambique. With it’s tough outer seed coat it is well adapted to survive long distance dispersal by water. Also known as a ‘snuff box’ sea bean, it’s been adrift on a journey of some three thousand miles riding along on the powerful Mozambique – Agulhas current which pushes down the eastern side of southern Africa, to be deposited here in False Bay.
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