Lake Erie "Lucky Stones" 9/15/2018
by B. Feyedelem
(Sandusky, OH, USA)
Most people who live on Lake Erie, (Part of the Great Lakes) USA, are well aware of "Lucky Stones".
These treasures that roll up on our beaches actually are from a fresh water fish, the Sheepshead (Freshwater Drum).
The future lucky stones are part of the fishes inner ear/temple area, bone like. Scientists suggest they are in place to help the fish balance in the water. So, each sheepshead has 1 on each side.
Lucky stones come in various sizes, these also determine just what size the sheepshead was. Some can be smaller than the top of a pencil eraser, average size would be about 1/2". Most seem to be a pearly white, some have a beige tint and even some I have found are a light gray & fossilized.
How do you know if you have actually found a lucky stone? Well, each is embossed with a letter "L", the right side of the fishes stone will have a letter "L", the left side stone the letter will be backwards. (see my photo's).
These "Lucky Stones" wash up on the beach with the sea glass, pottery & driftwood. Rare to find a matching set but it does happen.
After a rather large storm, some fish have arrived on the beach with other debris and as they decompose, the lucky stones gently fall out, laying next to the skeleton fish on the beach.
Amazingly, this is the case with my large "set" of lucky stones. These have to be the largest I have ever found in my years of collecting them. Wow, I have displayed a ruler next to them for actual measurement. Treasure indeed!
We save them in pretty bottles & jars on the shelf. They have found their way onto some of the most beautiful jewelry, just like using sea glass. On this date, we visited some of our favorite beaches.
Living on Sandusky Bay, awards us the opportunity to enjoy several islands & harbors - each, if you look, has small & larger beaches.