Bone Fish. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

July 22, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Beachcombing mysteries to solve

Bone Fish

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Bone Fish 20220720 850_1449Bone FishThe remains of a fish found on the beach in Jamestown, Rhode Island, the bones being bleached by the late day sun.

"What's that?" was the call as we walked a small stretch of beach in Jamestown, Rhode Island. It was late in the day and the sun began its descent, so some views were murky in the hazy orange summer evening light. But the curiosity of innate beachcombers brought us to the mysterious object.

As it turned out, it was the carcass of a small fish. What was a curiosity became a mystery. "How did it get here?" "Where did it come from?" "How did it get that way?"

The answers to our questions were over our shoulders at the marina. Someone, more than likely, had been fishing and cleaned their catch. They took their filets and cast off the rest of the carcass. Gulls and other scavengers took what they could, but there was not much left. What remained was either dropped on the sand by a less than sated gull or washed up on its own.


The bones of the fish left us with something to ponder on a summer evening.

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