Witches, snakes & seaglass 💎🧙🏻‍♀️

Maybe not something you automatically think of when going for a walk along the beach, but if you look closely you are almost guaranteed to find some kind of beach treasure. On a 20-minute walk between Cromer and East Runton today I found hag stones and seaglass, but I have also often found beautiful fossilised tailbones of a now-extinct squid-like creature, called a belemnite. 

A hag stone is a stone that has a naturally occurring hole through it. Such stones were, and sometimes still are, believed to have magical properties. These supposedly include the ability to heal a snake bite, or see through the disguise of a witch or fairy by looking through the hole and seeing their true form!

Sea Glass are smooth, frosted, beautiful pieces of glass that are found on the beaches beside oceans and seas. They are formed from man-made glass products and are polished and refined by the waves and currents of oceans.

Belemnite a conical fossil tapering to a point at one end and with a conical cavity at the other end. From the tailbone of the shell of any of numerous extinct cephalopods of the family Belemnitidae

The North Norfolk Coast, of which Cromer is a part of, is rich in history – the UK’s largest mammoth remains were found at West Runton, just a little further along the beach I walked today. For more information, look up the Deep History Coast. 🦣

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