Saturday, April 9, 2011

Phillip Island 'armour' comes in many forms

When Doug roars off on his 1949 Ariel Square 4, for his Saturday morning get-together with motorcycle friends at Phillip Island's Cowes jetty, he wears full body and head protection. For this I am very grateful!

While walking along the seashore this afternoon, an example of animal armour caught my attention. In order to accommodate its growing body, the crab sheds its protective shell every now and then.

Discarded and washed ashore, it's usually the large pretend 'eyes' that stand out in the flotsam; that capture my attention. The colour of the armour varies from creamy-white to rusty red, and when observed through a magnifying glass is remarkably beautiful.

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