Written in Stone: Messages on the Oregon Beach

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Two friends joined us for a spring getaway to Beverly Beach near Newport. It was midweek, so only a handful of people passed us as we walked toward the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

We love visiting the coast. The rhythm of the waves. The miles upon miles of sand beckoning us to take a run, a brisk walk or just a meandering stroll to look for treasures.

Oregon’s beaches aren’t covered with shells like Sanibel Island in Florida. Shells are rare and rarer still are sand dollars. It’s uncommon to find these flat sea urchins completely intact by the time they make it over the rocks and tumble ashore. But that day we found a whole one that was no bigger than a child’s fingernail.

We discovered another treasure in among a pile of jumbled rocks. These letter-like symbols were etched on this stone in a straight line. A curious message in an ancient language, maybe Sanskrit? The four of us quickly discounted that idea and were left intrigued by how and what sea creatures had made these unusual designs.

If you enjoyed this story in our series, you may also enjoy two other stories about the Newport area’s whales and sea lions. We also encourage you to check out any of our books.