Walking along the beach lately I've noticed more than the usual number of "Devil's Pocketbooks." These black, tough pouches (about 2" long) with "horns" at each corner are actually skate egg cases. I don't know why they are more common at some times than others. I suppose it has to do with the skates' life cycle and gestation period.
You can read more about these sinister looking objects here: http://www.mitchellspublications.com/guides/shells/articles/0074/
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a list of traditional island remedies. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032111.htm.