On one walk at low tide, washed up on the beach, I found a strange, seaweed-like package with what looked like a little fish moving around inside. Didn't know what it was. A friend at the university who was taking an oceanography course took it to her professor. He said it was a shark egg case, that they were very unusual to find.
Fast forward thirty-five years to last weekend at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, where they have a display of shark egg cases. They carefully cut open the outer layer, replace it with a clear plastic window, label it with the due date and display it for viewing.
What I could see in the found egg case as I held it up to the light, can now be clearly seen in all the stages of development.
There are many different types of egg cases, with distinct shapes and markings, depending on the type of shark. These are white spotted bamboo sharks and brown banded bamboo sharks that grow up to three feet long.
In the touch pools, with the bat rays and sting rays, these sharks seem happy to be touched and handled ("Two fingers only," the Aquarium staff repeatedly remind the young and old observers). The sharks feel rough if you run your (two) fingers against the scales, smooth if you touch it front to back; the rays feel soft and velvety.
The Lord's care for His creation is unique and specific to each creature's needs.
The Lord's care for us is unique and specific to our needs.
"...for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him."