This is my new favorite hangout spot. I walked here from home with a cup of tea and my watercolor supplies. A floating dock out of the reach of sun or rain floats underneath the marina. And it has friends. 😍
In honor of World Jellyfish Day, we bring you the Cephea cephea, a jelly so nice they named it twice. This ocean dweller can reach over 20 inches in diameter and is sometimes called the Cauliflower Jellyfish because of its resemblance to the vegetable thanks to its eight brownish, mouth-arms. (It’s also been dubbed the Crown Jellyfish—which can be confusing, since that name is also used for other species.) Jellies have bodies that are made of two transparent layers: an outer one for protection and an inner one for digesting food. Between the two layers, you’ll find nothing but a watery gel—in fact, their bodies are more than 95% water!
It’s the first day of Manatee Awareness Month! West Indian manatees, sometimes called sea cows, may have once been mistaken for mermaids by explorers. In fact, this species is part of a small group of marine mammals known as “Sirenia,” a name that comes from the Sirens of ancient Greek mythology, who were thought to have lured sailors onto their islands with enchanting songs. Manatees are currently listed as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List, and face threats that include collisions with boats and loss of warm water habitat. Legislation in Florida has been passed to help protect this species. Photo: David Hinkel
This is how you get a real experience with complex wildlife, not by disrupting them and putting them into tanks as money-making pets.
There are so many animal and environmentally friendly ways of seeing these animals in the wild, whether it be land-based watching, kayaking, or taking a tour with a reputable whale watching company that uses the least invasive and most eco-friendly methods.
There’s not need for marine parks anymore. Please make the ethical decision.