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Mangrove Finds — A Quick Follow Up

I can’t believe it. In my last post on finding cool stuff at the beach and in the mangroves, I failed to include one of the strangest things I’ve found.

Last fall I was working at the north campus of FIU (the Biscayne Bay Campus). I like to take a walk along the canoe launch beach area there, and have found sea urchins & interesting little creatures. As a matter of fact, it was there that I encountered my only “wild” octopus among the rocks. All from the beach, no swim gear required.

The beach is girdled mostly by rocks and mangroves, and it was in these that I thought I saw a Red Stripe beer bottle, however . . .

IV bottle found among the mangroves

IV bottle found among the mangroves

It turned out to be a glass IV bottle. You can see the indentation at the bottom where it would hang from a metal strap, upside down from what you see in the photo. The only markings are in CCs. That unit of measurement is indicated, actually, in Spanish vertically along the side. I can’t help but wonder if this washed over from Cuba. It’s possible. I looked up some history of IV bottles, and it seems some are still produced in glass, depending on whether the contents would react negatively with plastic. Otherwise, hospitals use plastic bags for intravenous medication.

The scratches visible show this friend had a long journey. One more thing: Contents are visible in the bottle, though at about half full. Saline? Morphine? Mojito?


7 comments on “Mangrove Finds — A Quick Follow Up

  1. Evolution of X
    February 2, 2013

    Cool! I bet there’s a good story behind that one. (And I would love to encounter a wild octopus. Did you have your camera?)

    • kentiki
      February 3, 2013

      I did!!! I’ll post the pics. it looked like a baseball mitt floating around the rocks.

  2. Barbara Backer-Gray
    February 2, 2013

    Interesting. Maybe you can have a chemist inspect the contents, because if it IS mojito, that’s worth knowing!

    • kentiki
      February 3, 2013

      I just can’t believe the thing is watertight! I’ve turned it upside down and nothing.

  3. JR Ledesma
    February 4, 2013


  4. pseudonymous
    November 12, 2015

    Cool find, did you ever open it up and smell whats inside?

    • kentiki
      November 12, 2015

      Nope! It’s still sitting on a shelf. I suspect it’s just saline solution or glucose or something mundane.

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