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Two Creatures Typically Associated With The Beach

Common Name:  SEA GULL

Class:  Aves

Order:  Charadriiformes

Family:  Laridae

Sea gulls have long been associated with the sea coast, however recently they have been known to extend their reaches well into the inland, attracted mostly to land fills and agricultural development. 

They are large, typically white with gray or brown feathers, with hooked bills, long pointed wings, a short tail and webbed feet.  They range from 11-30" in height.

They are often found begging for food, or swooping in to take advantage of food left by itself.

They are found in residential, commercial and park settings, and are known for their smelly droppings.

Sea gulls account for fully one half of all aircraft-strike accidents.  As a species, they are a pest.


Common name:  SAND FLEA

Class:  Primate

Order:  Hominidae

Family:  Markanich

This rarely-seen, but outstanding, example of a sand flea has long been associated with the sea coast.  In recent years, should this flea be spotted there, it can only be seen for three days.  At the shore he will spend hours at a time floating aimlessly, encouraging lifeguard whistles as he extends his beach reach too far out.  But his normal reach is known to be well inland, attracted mostly to residential homes, commercial buildings and establishments with Wifi capability.

He is large, typically 6', and known to range in weight from 180-250 pounds.  He is known to smell like saltwater.

He seems to have his own food, but will take advantage of food left by others.

During his three-day stay he is known not to shave.  And the red color is annual evidence that waterproof sun screen is not waterproof.  He would say that the red skin color is in keeping with his status as a known Redskin fan.  True red (not true blue).  As a species, he is a pest. 

Ask anyone, particularly others in the Family Markanich.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 27 commentsJay Markanich • July 24 2011 05:50AM

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Thank you for the information. I did not know about sand fleas.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 7 years ago

I'm glad you do now Gita.  It is a species to watch out for, in more ways than one.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

LOL, Jay.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.  Stay cool my friend - glad you have that ocean right near by.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 7 years ago

Ha!  Debbie, I will have another post about what we did in the middle of the 105F day!  We had to leave the beach!  Most people did!  You could not walk on the sand for more than 3 seconds or so!  And even under our tent it was scorching.  The water was nice, but you can only stay out so long!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay. So what I hear you saying is one is a scavenger, the other just scrounges up whatever he can find...   

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 7 years ago

Funny post and very original. I have never seen a sand flea that big! I thought they were tiny creatures.

Posted by Retired Notworking about 7 years ago

Jay - just saw this as Lenn's re-blog; very creative! Having spent time on the beach (as we all have), I have seen many seagulls, and encountered many sand fleas, but not the oh-so-elusive Markanich you refer too!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 7 years ago

Good morning Jay. You crack me up: how wonderful. I haven't been to the beach in too lond but the seagulls and Markanich make it appealing. Enjoy the day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 7 years ago

Good morning Jay,

I too saw this in Lenn's re-blog; your post is very creative! Hope your having a grand time..105 is too hot for me! We are experiencing 104 degrees today in Austin and you will find me in our pool!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 7 years ago

Wow and here I thought the answer was Sponge Bob and Squidward !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 7 years ago

Jay, Looks like you're having enough fun to give us all a laugh or two!  Enjoy your time off :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 7 years ago

I have had ocassion to see many sea gulls, but have never had the ocassion to meet this particular sand flea you are referring to, even on several trips to virginia beach...

But now that I am aware of such, I will keep my eye out for this particular sand flea.  Perhaps I need to look for him where he spends most of the year...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Jay, I think I resemble that last family order but under Rubi.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 7 years ago

He does Michael, especially what is not consumed by others in that poor family.  Pity them all...

Colleen - normally I think they are.  This is obviously a mutant.  Just look at him!

Beware Carol.  He pops up when people least expect it.  But if you go to the beach at the hottest time of the year, he can be found.

Sheila - the Markanich might make it more appealing than those gulls, but some aren't so sure about that.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Dorie - I will have a post tomorrow about just how hot it was!  You could not walk 10' in the sand!

Michael - those two are never found on the beach.  That should have been your first clue.    ;>)

Bliz - it goes quickly.  Whoops!  Gone!  I'm home...

Chris - through most of the year he is a driving-from-place-to-place flea.

Frank - the order is known to have many families.  One is probably very much the same as the others.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Look! Little tiny hairs, sticking straight up from it's head!  How cute is that?

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Those and the facial hair might be a form of cilia and self protection Evelyn.  Some forms of marine life may need more investigation.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Hi Jay. Lenn Harley reblogged your post. I love it and I love going to the beach :) Especially at Clearwater Beach. It reminds me of my home (Hawai'i.) Cheers.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Wow, Lana, you write Hawai'i as it is pronounced!  Impressive!  This particular Sand Flea has been seen in Clearwater, so you should keep your eyes peeled.  He is a pest.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay,

 

Very funny on the family order ; ). Watch out those PCO's may come and get ya!

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

What other family would have have put there Don?  I could have put my Scottish ancestry, MacGregor!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

So, let me see if I understand this;  flippers don't like this flea coming to their unit that is for sale.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) about 7 years ago

Too true Ken!  He gets into the carpet and multiplies terribly!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

A pest control operator might be able to help with this issue. But their fee may have to be increased due to the degree of difficulty.  ;-)

Posted by Curtis C. Brown (CURTIS C HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC (Whatcom County, WA) about 7 years ago

He'll need to be a big guy, Curtis, a really big guy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

That species was not discussed in my class. It must be indigenous to Virginia.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 7 years ago

It is Jack, but has been seen in various states, usually one at a time, and not for long in any one spot.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

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