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A Tsunami Can Happen At Any Time

Here the sand is black and the shoreline

covered with bright blue jellyfish—tiny

with clear tops that act as sails. Dan said

El Niño or too much wind set them

off course and so they’re landing on west

coast beaches by the millions. An entire

species dead at our feet, painting a

brilliant abstract. Yesterday the dog tried

to eat one, surrounded it with her mouth

and fought not to let go. It crunched hard on

her teeth like a biscuit. Later I read that

sand fleas are really jellyfish eggs

embedded in your skin and I wondered

if the dog’s tongue would itch that night, if

she’d become a sea life incubator.

Posted 07/20/16
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