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Sea Glass Marbles

Every day at the beach is a treasure hunt with endless possibilities. With each piece of sea glass being unique, there is no telling what you are going to find. Whenever Olivia and I head down to the beach to look for sea glass we have a tradition of competing to find not only the rarest color but also the smoothest most aged piece of sea glass. On an average day a pristine cobalt piece or even a lavender takes the win, but every once in a blue moon one of us stumbles upon a sea glass marble. For the lonIMG_5512gest time we were baffled on how marbles found their way into the ocean. Did a young child lose his marble down the drain playing a game? As time passed we found more and more marbles and the story of the child losing his marble started to seem less and less likely. So we went to the streets in search of an answer and here is what we came back with. The first explanation came from some locals that live in Laguna Beach. They informed us that marbles were commonly used by painters to help mix up the paint. With all of the houses right on the coast it is no wonder some of them found their way into the ocean. The second source of marbles we found was old bottles. Back in the day some carbonated drinks used marbles as stoppers. Upon taking off the cap you would push down on a marble popping it into the bottle and releasing the carbonation. Today there is only one drink I know of that still uses this method. That drink is Ramune, it is a drink I had growing up as a child and is always a blast. If you have IMG_5506never tried one I recommend running down to your local asian market and giving it a try. The last source and by far the coolest is that they were used on old ships as ballasts. Ballasts are items other than cargo used to weigh down a ship. By adding weight to the bottom of a ship you increase its stability, especially in harsh condition. So as a solution sailors would take barrels and fill them to the brim with marbles. This turned out to be a very cost-effective way of getting the job done. Every once in a while one of these ships would sink releasing thousands of marble into the ocean. Regardless of where the marbles came from they are an amazing find and will be sure to put a smile on your face. Below are some pictures of our finds. You can see how some of them vary in size. Looking at the size is a good indication of how old the marble is. Smaller marbles have been in the ocean longer and are considerably older than the bigger ones. Share your marble stories and pictures with us in the blog below! We would love to hear all about it :)IMG_5500

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