Over a month ago, Sandra the Madsnapper had a post entitled Seahorse from the past which included a huge seahorse sculpture in Palmetto, Florida, and also memories of a Seahorse gift shop that used to be in that spot in the past. (See her post for photos.)
I've never been to Florida, but I commented to Sandra that seahorse combined with gift shop brought up memories for me too and might even inspire me to a blog post of my own some day. Then came October and I forgot about it. Today, however - with rain and storm hitting my windows here, and Sandra posting about something totally different - the seahorse came swimming back through my mind again... Here it is:
While the seahorse sculpture in Florida is huge, mine is tiny (4 cm) and lives (well...) in an old jewellery box. It's a genuine dried sea horse, I think, with a pin attached to it, to be worn as a brooch. If memory serves me right, I bought it in the gift shop at the Maritime Museum in Gothenburg, probably on a school trip when I was like 10-11 years old, in the mid 1960's. I don't seem to have any old photos to date the memory more exactly.
Googling seahorses now, I find that they have been around for 3 million years, but may now be under threat of extinction - over-fished because of being very popular in Asian medicine. I had no idea. (The weight of mine does not even register on my letter-scale, though, so I don't think I'm sitting on an unexpected fortune... Just a common souvenir from the past.)