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Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Gulf Coast’

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

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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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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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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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December Nights and Harbor Lights

Posted by Jody on December 19, 2017

Gulfport Mississippi Harbor Lights Winter Festival

Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival

“The sailor spends his Christmas in a harbour on the hook
Caye con les, no work today, let’s shell the ol’ log book
The waterfront is reveling, the season has begun
The sailor spends his Christmas in a harbour having fun.”

~A Sailor’s Christmas by Jimmy Buffet~

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Christmas on the Water

Posted by Jody on December 18, 2017

Who doesn’t love a parade? On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we have a parade for any and every reason! Seriously. You barely come to the end of the Christmas holidays and here comes Mardi Gras complete with up to 26 parades scheduled across our coastal communities. St. Patrick’s Day, Crusin’ the Coast, Veterans Day? You name it, we line the floats up. Don’t even get me started on the throws! You wouldn’t believe the things we’ve caught. Shot glasses, beads, footballs, beads, carrots, beads, backpacks, beads. Oh, and did I mention the beads?

But in my opinion, best of all are the Christmas lighted boat parades. In Long Beach, during the Sea Santa Sail-A-Bration, festively decorated boats cruise along the streets on boat trailers in a waterless boat parade. Gulfport hosts their yearly glittering Christmas on the Bayou parade and Biloxi ushers in the holidays with Christmas on the Water, another annual event showcasing still more spectacularly lighted boats.

While most folks pack a blanket and watch from the beaches of Biloxi for Christmas on the Water (or line the waterside edges of the casino parking garages), this year, we were thrilled to sail onboard the 100′ Capt. Pete which usually serves to ferry summer day-trippers to and from Ship Island.

Come along with us as we sail into the calm waters of the Mississippi Sound with this shimmering fleet.

Welcome aboard!

And that, my friends, is how we celebrate Christmas on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Merry Christmas, y’all!

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Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

Posted by Jody on November 23, 2017

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Fall colors at their finest!

Posted by Jody on October 20, 2017

Our white sand beaches and coastal areas are teeming with beautiful Gulf fritillary butterflies these days! ~ Just in time for their brilliant autumn-like colors to mix and match with other seasonal Southern favorites like maxed out Halloween decorations, pumpkin patches, and sweet potato pies! 

According to the University of Florida Entomology & Nematology Department:

“The Gulf fritillary occurs throughout the southern United States southward through Mexico, Central America and the West Indies to South America. In Florida, it can be found in all 67 counties. The butterfly undergoes distinct seasonal movements each year. Adults move northward in spring and form temporarily breeding colonies throughout the southeast. Individual vagrants may occasionally reach into the central U.S., but rarely into the Midwest. Starting in late summer and continuing through fall, huge numbers of adults migrate southward into peninsular Florida. Adults overwinter in frost-free portions of their range.”

Fall colors at their finest!

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Have a great day, hopefully at the beach!

 

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Butterfly Plants and Mississippi Butterflies

Butterflies at Home

 

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What a Difference a Day Makes!

Posted by Jody on October 8, 2017

Just a couple days ago, we were sitting out on Beach Boulevard watching lovingly  restored Bel Airs, GTOs, and Deuce Coupes cruise by with Mississippi’s beguiling beachfront as their backdrop. Today, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is cruising the coast in clean-up mode.

Let me explain: In the olden days (We’re talking pre-Katrina here.), we understand the folks ’round here used to host hurricane parties. These days, we all hunker down and try to prepare as much as possible when the h-word is mentioned. So, although Crusin’ the Coast – billed as “America’s Largest Block Party” – took place this past week, vacationers packed up and left a bit early due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Nate. The party was over!

This year’s event featured over 8,000 registered classic cars and other vehicles. Next year’s party (September 30 – October 7th, 2018) promises to be even bigger!

Thankfully, our beautiful beaches remain intact this morning. Here, mid-coast, we only suffered minor tree damage and overblown dunes.

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So long, Nate!

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