Mixed Blessings

A magnificent Florida Panther Picture credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   On our news this morning were at first glance what appeared to be three happy/good stories. After so many wildlife tragedies in the news lately, these were absolutely welcomed and needed to be shared. First the numbers for our critically endangered Florida Panther have reported to have rebounded and were cause […]

Coral Crisis

Many thousands of species call Coral Reefs home~ Picture credit: underwater universe   Yesterday on WUCF, our local PBS Channel, there was an excellent dual story about Coral Reefs and the depressing decline of them worldwide and also one about the alarming situation with Oysters. Coral Reefs are one of the most threatened and most in […]

Gone is Forever

A Green Sea Turtle Hatchling Photo credit: Manuel Heinrich Emha   As someone who has in the past,  been  fond of deep-fried shrimp, as of today, it is off of my menu, forever! I try very hard to be a vegetarian, but alas, shrimp was a guilty weakness, but now, no more. In my mail this morning was […]

You’re On Your Own!

The Tiger Shark is a regular visitor to Florida Beaches. Picture credit: Albert Kok   This story has been on our local news for several days and it has Floridians divided,  once again. I truly did not want to write about this, but the story will not go away. Those who fish of course, are completely opposed […]

Animal Awareness Alert~

       A Florida Black Bear in the Ocala Forest and a Florida Manatee mother and baby Black Bear picture credit:  FFWCC,  Manatee picture credit: http://www.sfwmd.gov The Black Bear pictured here was taken in an area quite near our house and according to Wikipedia: “which supports the highest density population of black bears in North America.”   […]

Cocoa Says NO!

The Pier at Cocoa Beach Picture credit:  Mike Russell   On our local news this morning,  came a most unexpected joy. It was announced today,  that the City of Cocoa Beach had rejected offshore Seismic Testing. Those in this Committee actually said that they don’t want it, because it has been said to harm Whales and Dolphins. Did I hear right? […]

Masticating Mollusks~

Oyster Sloop, Cos Cob Painting credit: Frederick Childe Hassam   The sun is out here in our part of the  Sunshine State  for the first time this week, the rain has finally stopped, although we desperately needed it, but nearly a week of not seeing sunlight, got to be a bit overwhelming. And with this bright […]

Whales Rule!

                                The critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Picture credits: NOAA   For entirely too many years,  the most Endangered Whale on our planet,   the North Atlantic Right Whale,  has had to endure endless red tape battles just to survive in their home waters of the Atlantic Ocean. They have […]

Carte Blanche

A Right Whale mother and Calf   With this most recent  seal of approval, the US Navy is now  free to deafen, maim and murder sea life in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. They have been given Carte Blanche. The might of our Military will now be allowed to forge ahead full steam,  knowing well the consequences […]

Lagoon Lunacy?

A bottlenose dolphin in Florida waters Picture credit: NOAA   On our news this morning was a brief story about the suspected cause of all the recent bottlenose dolphin deaths along the Atlantic Coast, including our own Indian River Lagoon. The conclusion reached and reported, was that the dolphins had possibly contracted a virus. Although, […]

Lethal Lagoon

                                            A bottlenose dolphin in the Banana River                                                                  The Indian River Lagoon Picture credit: NASA                                                                                                        Picture credit: USFWS   When most people think of Florida, the first image that comes to mind, may be our crystal clear or turquoise water, followed closely behind by our glorious wildlife. But, that beautiful image is in grave danger of becoming only […]

Fin Soup Is Not Fine

A Lemon Shark Picture credit: Albert Kok   After having to repeatedly watch some idiot this week  wrestle a shark to the shore   just to show off and take its picture, as well as a recent rash of Shark abuse stories,  I swore that if there was even one more ugly story about them, I would have […]

Facing Life’s Limitatations

                      Our little house in El Paso, the last house, in the last housing track, we were at the end of Texas, next stop New Mexico.   Another of the many advantages of living in Florida presented itself this morning in my email with this remarkable example of extraordinary humans overcoming adversity. As the […]

The Brits And The Badgers

A Badger whose future is unclear (source of this picture is unknown)   Since beginning this Blog in March, many Issues have been addressed here that involved animals being harmed. Thankfully, being the kind and caring readers that you all are, you have responded with zest, zeal and passion. But the one topic that has evoked the most overt […]

Plastic, You’re Outta Here!

Plastic trash on the Beach in Hawaii Picture credit: NOAA   I have been wanting to address this Issue for months and with this announcement today,  it is now time. The city of Los Angeles, my home for over 30 years, who is continually at the forefront and  frequently a leader in cutting edge everything,  has just […]

Three Months Later

Breanna and I take a walk with other cancer survivors   It is difficult to believe that it has only been three short months, since this adventure with all of you started here. And, what a journey it has been. When this Word Press Blog was begun, there was nothing to prepare me for what was […]

Not A Time To Die

Environmentalist Jairo Mora Sandoval Picture credit: Didiher Chacón, director of WIDECAST   Being young should be a time of exploration, adventure and joyful discovery. It is a time when many of us are at our highest intellectual, love and friendship peak. But, one thing that it should never be, however, is a time to die or to be […]

Giving Back, Dolphin Style~

A Bottlenose Dolphin in Florida   Those of you who live in Florida may be familiar with Winter, a Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium who was given a helping hand by some very kind humans and a new tail to replace the one that she lost due to a fishing line disaster. If you don’t live […]

What Whales Want

A Right Whale Mother And Calf Off The Florida Coast   Whales are just like us, they want a family, a nice place to live and to be free to live there, in peace. It’s a nice thought but, unfortunately for them, the Oceans are getting smaller everyday and for the biggest mammal on the planet, are becoming […]

Can You Hear Them Now?

A Right Whale Mother And Calf In The Atlantic                Photo credit: FFWC/NOAA    As a matter of fact, yes, Mammals in all of the Earth’s bodies of water can hear us now and what they are hearing from military sonar testing and oil seismic testing,  is affecting them all nearly the same way that […]

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