Sumo and sea squash / Sumo y calabaza de mar

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I TOOK A WALK ON the beach at sunset Friday and saw the music man again. When I saw him in July, he was shaking his maracas. In August, he had drumsticks and an air drum. This time, he was playing a tune on a harmonica that could momentarily be heard over the roar of the surf. The man is a virtuoso. You can see him handling his instruments below.

I knew of sea cucumbers, lemon sharks, and potato groupers. But Friday night I saw my first sea squash. It looked exactly like what you might find at the market — except for the sand.

But the biggest surprise for me Friday were the three sumo wrestlers.


CAMINÉ POR LA PLAYA AL atardecer del viernes y volví a ver al hombre de la música. Cuando lo vi en julio, estaba agitando sus maracas. En agosto, tenía baquetas y un tambor de aire. Esta vez, estaba tocando una melodía en una armónica que se pudo escuchar momentáneamente sobre el rugido de las olas. El hombre es un virtuoso. Puedes verlo manejando sus instrumentos a continuación.

Yo sabía de pepinos de mar, tiburones limón, y meros patata. Pero el viernes por la noche vi mi primera calabaza de mar. Se veía exactamente como lo que podrías encontrar en el mercado — excepto por la arena.

Pero la mayor sorpresa para mí el viernes fueron los tres luchadores de sumo.

Early July (click here).
Principios de julio (haz clic aquí) .
Principios de agosto. (click here).
Early August (haz clic aquí).
Friday night.
Viernes noche.
• The previous two photos inspired today’s music video. I can’t get the song out of my head.
• Las dos fotos anteriores inspiraron el video musical de hoy. No puedo sacar la canción de mi cabeza.
• I’m pretty sure this is a Mediterranean Sea Squash. Although it could be a Butternut Squash. They’re difficult to tell apart.
• Estoy bastante seguro de que se trata de una calabaza de mar del Mediterráneo. Aunque podría ser lo que se llama en inglés una calabaza “butternut” [nuez de mantequilla]. Son difíciles de diferenciar.



Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

35 thoughts on “Sumo and sea squash / Sumo y calabaza de mar”

  1. Never heard of a sea squash, lol.
    Someone lost theirs I guess (how does one lose a squash?)
    Sumo wrestlers at the beach… THAT is a treat! They look like they are having a good time!! And ‘could be dancing’ …..yeah!.
    Great photos by the way.

    1. Jim:
      That’s why I’m sure it’s a sea squash and NOT a butternut squash. How DOES one lose a butternut squash? On the beach! I saw the three sumos several months ago. They were working out on the beach and they were all a LOT smaller!

    1. wickedhamster:
      Thanks for pointing out the distinction between sea and butternut. Now I know! The sumos all had something under those knotted jobs (sorry to disappoint).

    2. That’s how you tell that the sea squash is male. The females lack a stem and are quite often mistaken for butternuts. That is why there are so much fewer of them. I don’t know how to take the clunkiness out of that sentence, so it stands as is.

      1. Anon(?):
        So grateful for that anatomy lesson. None of my books on sea creatures showed the difference between cis sea squashes.

  2. The dancing sumos just might start a new trend unlike the 70’s disco craze, you never know.
    Jim and I had a dance around the room the other day because well we just had to. Winks!

  3. I do love a man who knows how to handle his instrument. The sumo wrestlers/dancers were a pleasant surprise! I was expecting more blubb….I mean flesh 🙂 That sea squash though! I shouldn’t be laughing so hard at six in the morning. Everybody else is still in bed asleep. Thanks for the morning starter, Scoot.

    1. Deedles:
      I saw the three Sumos working out on the beach in recent months. They were all a lot smaller than they are now. So, this is clearly serious business (although they did a lot of laughing while they wrestled). I wonder how the sea squash would be on a spit over an open fire at one of the chiringuitos. I hope it’s not too fishy tasting.

    1. David:
      I hope to see these guys again. I took the photos from a long distance in bad light. Maybe I can introduce myself and get permission for better shots.

    1. anne marie:
      Wickedhamster hoped they did! Sadly, as I told him, they were all wearing something under those wrestling “straps” (one was made from a T-shirt, I think).

  4. I’m jealous. I want to have music in my head all the time.
    Going to have Sea Squash for dinner tonight. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Ann:
      The music never stops. Everything makes me think of a song. They often run through my head for days. Sea Squash in Idaho? I hope it’s fresh! It’s terrible when it goes off.

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      I saw those guys working out on the beach — I think it was in May. They were NOT big like that. Clearly Sumo is serious for them.

  5. Ah yes, the Butternut of the Balearics. They drift to the mainland from time to time, wreaking havoc in the shipping lines. That’s why I never sail to Ibiza in the fall.

      1. wickedhamster:
        Sadly for Walt, he and I often think the same way. I’m grateful. SG doesn’t understand me most of the time.

      2. Walt the Fourth:
        Ah, yes. How could I forget that sea squash species?!?

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