The Endangered Mammals List is Still Growing

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

West African Dolphin

 

Planning and tracking are the words of the day. Truth be told, the brave men and women especially the ones rocking the camera skills, in order not to miss one beat. Things often seen can somehow be identified as a more significant occurrence seasonal event that easily goes missed. Often, there will be all the evidence right there in front of us. It beckons to us. In an ambitious posture almost like that of an anxious perfectionist, the most crucial aspects to life can far too easily elude us. There are many endangered species that are well known all around the globe. Not many have heard of the Snow Leopard, for example. This is quite possibly one of the most beautifully moving beings in the wild. Currently, there are believed to be somewhere between five and seven thousand cats still living in their long-pranced domain, the mountains Central Asia.

African West Coast Dolphins (Ryan Reisighner)

Another big name on the on the top noticed list is the Hollywood cameo picks is guaranteed to book any gig spot. They might as well be a climate adapted version of the horror movie “Cujo”. When it comes to wild animals you don’t want to find yourself in a stare-off with. “Stand Your Ground!” This might be more easily said than done. Ranking number 8 on the world’s “Top 10 Deadliest Animals” list is the Polar Bear, the single most massive man-eating creature that walks the earth. Usually, they attack under means of feeling that there is an existing threat to their cubs. With incredible amounts of strength and agility, they can severe a human’s head as easily as a guillotine with one swipe of the claw.

While most are commonly referred to in talks and on programs concerning endangered mammals, the West African dolphin is not one you will likely hear mentioned, in passing. On December 22, 2017, this ocean dweller was added to the list of Africa’s rarest mammals. Usually growing up to a length of around 8 feet, these dolphins get their name because they are only found along the coastal regions of West Africa. Unlike some of the friendlier and quite sociable species of dolphin, the West African Dolphin is famously shy. Therefore, rarely does it ever swim far away from the shore. This natural behavior happens to be what is putting them in the constant danger that plaques their survival today. Fishing nets, boats passing by and other close encounters with human activity are taken these guys by storm. The Wildlife Conservation Society handles all things concerning the list and upgraded the West African Dolphin from “vulnerable” to “critically endangered.” After assessing numbers globally, it turns out that there are few than 1500 breeding adults distributed among several different populations. Part of the Atlantic humpback family, it’s cousins are many.

Unfortunately, this species is headed down a road to destruction. Randall Reeves is the Chairman off the IUCN. He stated, “Particularly 9 in view of the impending extinction of the vaquita due entirely to overkill in fishing nets, we need to do a better job of not just assessing the present condition of riverine and coastal small cetaceans, but also of looking ahead and anticipating what is likely to happen to species like the Atlantic humpback dolphin unless current trends are reversed, and soon.” Hopefully, his words have been heard and will be met with equal veracity.

 


Check out some of wildlife in the NE Florida neighborhood. We encounter dolphins, bill spoons, wild horses and much more. Each of our cruises is a new adventure and we never know what will happen. Come check out one of our cruises!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Causing Ocean Warming?

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Melting Glasier

 

There are a number of factors that influence patterns of change in sea levels around the globe. Ocean basin levels are maintained by the pressure in the atmosphere, and are affected by circumstances such as wind stress on the surface waters. Also, levels of heat and fresh water concentrations from runoff play as factors. As the waters begin to warm, the density is lowered. Thus, the overall volume of the oceans water content increases.

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Manufacturing the Destruction of Coastal Economics with Offshore Drilling

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Intracoastal at Sunset

 

Governor Rick Scott goes to bat for Florida’s ecotourism industry in a massive way! Taking a stand against President Trump’s absent-minded attempt to include Florida in an ill-conceived federal roll-back in offshore drilling regulations to open new sites off the Florida coast.

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Glacial Melting and Sea Level Rise

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Glacial Iceberg

In a time when we are forced to consider that fake news is creeping its way into our morning cup of coffee, it’s important that we take the time to look at multiple sources before permanently stamping ourselves into any certain position on environmental issues. While scare tactics have been used by media outlets to reel gullible young people into making those like Al Gore a rich man, there is scientific data brought forth by the world’s finest minds that directly contradict global sea levels are receding in rapid fashion.

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Life is about the journey, not the destination…

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Dancing where the Giants Sleep

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Brian and Katie Ernest

 

Faith has shown the world several something more than a couple times in recent years – a truth. Far from trivial, it infallibly moves, perched above and far beyond the challenge from any who would dare rise in question. Plainly, there is no singled-out force on which we can pin the responsibility for the path and course of time. Our constant awareness of the passing of time allows for us to see both the beauty and pain that outline our being, Disciplined appreciation and well-keeping of the time we are given to spend for the duration of our stay in this life are key to having anything of worth. What is the best of our blip of an existence? When caught off guard with such a question, a stumble in thought is sure to precede your response. Maybe, that is exactly the way one should react. If we can’t bring just a small amount of goodness into the world, then what has our time accomplished? Martin Luther King, Jr once proposed, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” If ever one has sought out the light to push back the black, it is the performance on stage and the selfless acts of volunteering between that make Brian the batteries fueling the light.

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The Origin of Halloween

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Boo from Amelia River Cruises

 

 

If history has taught mankind one thing, it is that all things are subject to change. At least, when it comes to how modern culture and practiced traditions are destined to evolve in some way, shape, or form. Holidays all have some evolutionary qualities about them. For example, a brief take on Christmas past to present. Once meant to be a humbling celebration of the birth of a savior, this event would soon become a day of indulgence. Materialistic desires and a more innocent notion of parents wanting to see their children happy and spoiled have become majority hash tags on a once strictly, holy day. While Haloween is a holiday of the lighter variety, there is another side to the celebration spectrum. One which also comes from origins of the ancients.

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Effects of Climate Change on the Sea

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Marsh at the Intracoastal

 

With global climate change slowly making its’ way into the factual mindset of citizens around the word, the notion that there is any possibly of it being a myth has slowly – albeit surely – become a moot thought. For that, the scientific community is greatly thankful.

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Coyote sightings on Amelia Island?

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Coyote in Parking Lot

 

While the list is not one of particular brevity, one of the treasured aspects of the parcel we islanders happily call home is its’ uniqueness. Without quoting Forest’s “Mama” on the subject of chocolates, life has surprises like is has sunrises. For many, the defining amazement that Amelia Island offers up is an ever-increasing number of unnaturally beautiful sightings of wildlife, reminding us of our proximity to creatures of the wild.

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Hurricane Irma – A mighty wind

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba

The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017

 

On August 30th, near the Cape Verde Islands, a beast began to take its shape. Though no less of a tragedy, eyes shifted from recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey in stricken Texas to the Florida panhandle. In less than seven days time, the monstrous wave that began off the coast of western Africa morphed into a Category 5 hurricane on September 5. As it took form, Hurricane Irma became most anticipated hurricane in United States history. The storm turned out to be catastrophic to the British Virgin Isles, Haiti, and many parts of the continental United States of America.

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St. Johns River threatened to be overloaded with nutrient content

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

St Johns River near Jacksonville

 

There is no work more noble than that of the volunteer Ban Ki-moon. He wisely ascertained, “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

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