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Rescued, Rehabilitated, and Released

Posted by Jody on September 11, 2018

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Biloxi, Mississippi – Between the Beau Rivage Resort and the I-110 Loop Walk

Yesterday afternoon, we were excited to be able to attend the release of nine rescued Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Kemp’s ridley are the rarest and most critically endangered sea turtles in the world. They are also the smallest of the eight species of sea turtles, growing to about two feet in length and weighing up to about one hundred pounds at maturity. Apparently, they are somewhat common in the northern Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound. We certainly had no idea!

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Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

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Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

A story on the local news had let the public know that we were invited to attend the release of these nine rescued and rehabilitated critters. The fine folks at The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (based in Gulfport, Mississippi) had rescued the rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtles from fishermen’s hooks along the Mississippi Coast. Fish hooks were surgically removed at IMMS by the veterinary staff and the nine patients were treated and monitored until they were deemed healthy enough to be safely returned to their natural habitat.

Thank goodness our numerous fishing piers are all signed with instructions and emergency 24-hour hotline phone numbers for those who accidentally hook sea turtles while they are out enjoying a lovely day on the coast. ~ How awful it must be to find a sea turtle has attached itself to your line!

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Instructions for Fishermen

The institute’s staff explained that, judging by their their size, these sea turtles were perhaps between two and five years old. The juveniles were not yet old enough for experts to be able to determine if they were males or females. Sadly, two of them had been hooked previously and had already spent some time at the research facility.

While we waited, the nine newly healthy sea turtles were brought one by one to the roped off staging area in individual plastic bins. Quite active and raring to go, they were sprayed down to keep them cool until the set release time. At 4:30 sharp, Biloxi’s Mayor FoFo Gilich was handed one of the lucky turtles and instructed on how to hold, carry, and then release the first sea turtle back into the Mississippi Sound.

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Biloxi’s Mayor FoFo Gilich Getting Instructions

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Biloxi’s Mayor Delivering Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle to the Mississippi Sound

One by one, the turtles were released back into the water.

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There goes another!

And, one by one, they headed straight back into the Mississippi Sound!

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Last  but not least!

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The Ninth Turtle is Released

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Safe and Sound into the Mississippi Sound!

We are so grateful that the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies invited the public to witness such a wonderful event! It was a fabulous way to spend the afternoon for us  –  and most certainly – for the sea turtles!

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Rescued, Rehabilitated, and Released!

 

Here are a few helpful links if you’d like to learn more about Kemp’s ridley sea turtles:

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Sea Turtle Inc.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

National Wildlife Federation

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Home Sweet Home for our Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

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Good Riddance to T.S. Gordon!

Posted by Jody on September 5, 2018

“Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best.” That’s a rather common saying in Southern Mississippi. The traumas of Hurricane Camille and Hurricane Katrina are seared into the memories of our long-term coastal residents. Those were the worst!

Yesterday, in Harrison County, we prepared for the worst. Last night we got the best. Tropical Storm Gordon came ashore much farther east than had been expected.  We experienced moderate breezes, no rain, and (as far as we can tell) no measurable storm surge. The storm has already been downgraded to a tropical depression but the rains to come may mean flooding for some up north. Here, we will hope for the best for everyone in its path.

Greg and I headed out to the beach this morning as soon as curfew was lifted to see what we could see.

To the west, we saw the sunrise through the remaining rain bands:

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Gordon’s Rain Bands

The rain bands had also wrapped around to our east.

Good Morning!

Gooooood Morning, Gulfport!

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Morning Clouds

There were a few more seashell fragments on shore than most mornings. Our seashells are generally oyster shells. Univalves found on our shores are almost always perfect homes to hermit crabs.

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A few more seashell bits than usual.

Clearly, more happened over the water than on land in Gulfport, Mississippi. We found this navigational marker in the surf and reported it to the Harbor Master’s office.

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Navigational Marker

Gulfport, Mississippi

After the storm in Gulfport, Mississippi

Many thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and caring words.

We are safe and sound!

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You know you’re in trouble when…

Posted by Jody on September 4, 2018

 

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Hurricane Warning

Jim Cantore is back in town. Yes siree, his plane landed in Gulfport, Mississippi, last night and within minutes everyone on the coast seemed to know we had this famous visitor on our doorstep again. (Let’s just say that “sharing” appeared to be near an all time high.) All of us know exactly why he’s here. And it’s not for a fabulous beach vacation! Don’t get me wrong. We like Jim Cantore and the Weather Channel just fine in these parts. Southern hospitality aside, we simply don’t want to have Jim Cantore reporting from our front yard.

Today’s the day the fine folks of the Mississippi Gulf Coast prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Gordon. Gordon is expected to make landfall just down the street somewhere near eight o’clock this evening so Greg and I drove along the beach to the Gulfport Harbor and Marina to see post Labor Day weekend activity and just how the storm preparations were coming along.

Tropical Storm Gordon or Hurricane Gordon? One thing is certain: the winds had already picked up along the coast this morning.

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Flying High at the Harbor Master’s Offices

The beachy pink trash cans were already being staged for pick up by the county. Standard operating procedure is that they are rounded up and removed for fear they’ll blow away and cause trouble.

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Staged for Pickup

 

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Trash Can Removal

The Gulfport Harbor and Marina had a mandatory evacuation order put in place yesterday in preparation for what was then expected to be Tropical Storm Gordon. Most boatowners had already obeyed the order by this morning. There were just a few sail boats left behind though.

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Empty Marina at Gulfport Harbor

The trailer buildings like the bait shop and fuel dock office were being prepped for removal and transport to a safer place.

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Moving Operations for the Bait Shop

I offhandedly asked Greg if he could imagine how much it must cost to move your trailer/store like that. He quickly pointed out,”Cheaper than a new trailer!”

I’m sure he had that right!

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Moving the Bait Shop

This lovely Great Blue Heron was just hanging out on the beach watching the activity too!

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Spectator

We thought he might be waiting to see the fuel dock building carted off next:

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Watching the Activity

The water in the Mississippi Sound was already churning up a little darker:

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Murky Waters

But, for this morning, we still have fabulous sunshiny skies ahead of Hurricane Gordon. It’s the calm before the storm that we’ve always heard about!

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Calm Before the Storm

We’ll be sure to post an update after our unwanted visitor (Gordon, not Jim) heads out of town tomorrow.

Please take care and stay safe everyone!

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Pretty in Pink?

Posted by Jody on August 22, 2018

Pink is definitely “in” on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast beaches this year! On this fine day, we found the festive color high and low. Seashells, shell seekers, and sea creatures. The sad but true story is that it came in a palette of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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This pink collage is brought to you by beaches of the Creole Nature Trail, in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.  ~Let the good times roll!

 

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High Flying Fun

Posted by Jody on July 14, 2018

Second Saturdays are all about colorful kites and family fun in Long Beach, Mississippi. There are plenty of kites on the beach for sharing or you can bring your own. Free kite flying lessons are available, as well.

Today’s weather was absolutely perfect for all shapes, sizes, and types, and it is always fantastic to see a splash of color in our sea of blue sky.

Here’s a look at today’s “Second Saturday Fun Fly.”

 

 

Y’all come on down and enjoy the brightly colored sky and breezes off the Mississippi Sound!

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted by Jody on July 3, 2018

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“I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun.”     

~James Lafferty

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Celebrating Fathers Everywhere!

Posted by Jody on June 16, 2018

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Happy Father’s Day!

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

~Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

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~ Happy Father’s Day to all! ~

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Honoring Memorial Day

Posted by Jody on May 28, 2018

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“137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.”

~Doc Hastings

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by Jody on May 13, 2018

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“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”

— Unknown

Posted in Atlantic Coast Beaches, Holiday | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Merry Christmas from The Pass!

Posted by Jody on December 24, 2017

Snow on the beach in Pass Christian.

Merry Christmas from The Pass!

This was the fabulous wintery scene on Pass Christian’s beach earlier this month. I have no clue what this sandy guy’s name is but he shows up each year to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from “The Pass.” We’re always delighted to see him!

We wish you a Merry Christmas too!

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