When writing I often personify the sun and the moon, referring to them as Ra and Luna respectively.
Like most everyone else, I’m a fan of heavenly bodies, including the ones in space. So I jumped at the chance when someone offered to give me Smiley Luna, the moniker I bestowed upon the crescent-shaped vessel. Just seeing her made me want to bark at the moon.
Smiley Luna is home to 1,500 fossil sharks’ teeth. It’s a shame those teeth aren’t a little bigger, but all teeth are gems to me. Luna’s content includes some beautiful great white and mako specimens.
She also holds one of the nicest, extinct tiger shark teeth that I’ve ever found. I stumbled upon it while hunting fossils in front of what used to be The Cherry Tree Inn on the north end of Myrtle Beach. Strangely enough, I saved the tooth from Poseidon’s grasp nearly two years ago while hunting fossils at night.
Over the years, I’ve gone beach nightstalking with a flashlight about 100 times, but I don’t do it much any more. Too many lycanthropes with bad intentions out there to risk going it alone.
The moonlight still hounds me, but I’ve got Smiley Luna to remind me of the good ol’ days.
Luna was a goddess in ancient Roman mythology. So, in Smiley’s honor, I’m going to use the name Sol when referring to the sun in my blog for awhile. If it was good enough for the Romans, it’s good enough for me.
Bum’s Rap: It occurred to me while wrapping up this piece that I wrote of Pliny the Elder’s take on sharks’ teeth in my first blog 1 1/2 years ago. Pliny was a Roman naturalist and philosopher. That blog includes a brief explanation about how sharks’ teeth turn to fossils. (http://dharmabeachbum.com/2012/06/04/sharks-teeth/)