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Seaweed mystery found on North Coast beach
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 20, 2017 12:01AM


From The Daily Morning Astorian on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1890: Carl Boentjen brought a marine curiosity to this office last evening. It consists of an ordinary seaweed some twenty feet in length, and at the lower end the cluster of roots have a firm hold of an aggregation of marine shells several pounds in weight.

These shells are occupied by a curious inhabitant that has a beak that resembles a chicken’s, only it is divided perpendicularly instead of horizontally. Several persons inspected the curious formation, but had never seen anything like it. (Goose barnacles, perhaps?)

Mr. Boentjen will pickle the whole outfit and place it on exhibition.



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