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. Given the nearly immeasurable number of diverse types of hometowns and rural no-wheres, from which to pick barely finite amount of options, allows us to choose our permanent areas in which to reside our minds’ idea of an ideal place to settle. While emotion wavers from pleasure to unadulterated fear, like everything else in life, great things often come with a surprise – when it often should be no surprise at all.

Coyote in the openAs of late, there have been many comments and concerns made clear to the city regarding the local presence and the often occurrence of sightings of coyotes in residential areas on the island. Important is a certain distinction. These are urban coyotes, as opposed to a coyote you may come across in the wild (not an advantageous situation in which to find yourself). Our local coyotes are well acquainted with the presence and smell of humans in their vicinity.

Needles to say that these curious animals are definitely intimidating. However, their curiosity is not coming from a predatory nature. These wild animals are actually quite timid in nature and will most likely tuck their tail and run, if challenged. In that same breath, it is important to remember one simple truth. As found in all of nature, a parent will always protect itself or its young. That’s just pure survival instinct. So, what’s the story’s moral? Under no circumstances, initiate a close encounter with one of these animals. Left alone, they will treat you with the same courtesy. Now, this part is important. Much like if you were to find yourself in a standoff with a bear, after wetting yourself – immediately start screaming like a scolded banshee and flail your arms about in a manner befitting an insane person! Size is everything in nature. If the way you present yourself to the wild-ling is any less dominating than the demeanor of the unforgiving, predatory set of teeth are presented to you. It is crucial to find some sort of way to declare yourself as a dominant, superior species. Stand on some sort of object that makes you tower over the animal. As stated before, these animals have no desire to initiate any danger until they themselves feel a threatening presence is afoot.

Typically coyotes roam around at night. So keep your cats and dogs inside or under supervision around that time.

 

Come join us on a sunset cruise. We have not seen a coyote lately but  we see lots of wildlife not to mention the best sunset in north Florida.

 

 

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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Killer Whales are Members of the Dolphin Family

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Orca - Killer Whale in the ocean

 

Making a trip to one of the Sea World locations used to be the stuff daydreams were made of for children as well as adults. While the killer whale was not unheard of, its popularity went up exponentially for those who watched the film “Free Willy”. And chances were that if you had watched it once, you were sure to view it another time or two. Who doesn’t love a good movie ending in a victorious, daring animal rescue to wrap up the story’s plot line.

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Beach Erosion A Widespread Problem

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Beach on Amelia Island

 

Last year, the Florida’s coastline and others experienced a blow that has only been equaled a few times in the past century. Hurricane Matthew was an undisputed tragedy. Residents of Amelia Island evacuated to central areas in Georgia and other safe zones for shelter from the storm. Hundreds of people in the  Caribbean lost their lives, poorly manicured municipal tree lines and other factors cost tens of thousands to be without power, beaches were flooded up to the dunes. While the storm causes a great deal of erosion, the process is certainly nothing new, and a footnote to the erosion playing out on a much larger scale over time.

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Jellyfish: The Florida Five

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish

 

Recently, we’ve discussed how the media’s portrayal of sharks – particularly the great white – in the movie “Jaws” has distorted the general public’s view of sharks as a species. While there’s no real need to be on the lookout for sharks in the water, there is one group of troublemakers that go unnoticed rather easily. Jellyfish are mainly such a threat because their movement is hard to predict. In whichever direction the might flow, it is entirely dependent on the current of the waters they inhabit. In that sense, their movement isn’t all that different from our own. They don’t choose to go in any certain direction. The tides shift them whichever way it pleases. In mankind’s journey through its existence, life’s own version of tides is known to us as happenings. Things happen to us, and we find ourselves moving with the flow – just trying to stay “afloat.”

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Galeophobia: Irrationality at Work

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

A day at the beach

 

We’ve reached that part of the year. While grinding away in our cubicles and spinning around unproductively in our office chairs daydreaming, the most common destination of said daydreams is a hazy memory of the beach. For many, it’s almost like winning the lottery when they get a chance to visit their favorite sandy spot. It makes sense. Vacation is all about relaxation. With the private sector basically trademarking the sound of waves crashing, the most relaxing sound to the human ear has been programmed into alarm clocks and overhead speakers in the majority of spas across the globe. We are subconsciously programmed to yearn for the place where the sand meets the water. While the sounds of the ocean are quite relaxing, many learn that the inhabitants of the ocean have been known to cause us humans a fairly enormous amount of both stress, and debilitating pain. What is the biggest fear of ocean waders?

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Boating Safety 101

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Changing Weather

 

Of course, we at Amelia River Cruises would love for every time you set foot on a boat to be one of our own. However, that will not always be the case. Whether just going out for a fishing day or buying your own vessel, you need to be prepared and well advised on boating safety.

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Sunsets Are Nature’s Chaotic Art

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Sunset

 

There is not one reason but many to go on a river cruise with us. In fact we feel there are more than 10. We like to think that our dedicated, talented team shares in the bulk of the reason for our success. However, we would be foolish in thinking that we held most credit for the overall cruise experience. Nature’s greatest gift to our good fortune – not to mention the abundance of life in general is due to the radiance one of our solar systems smallest star, the Sun. While the continuance of life on earth is its’ main purpose, this giant burning ball of gas just happens to work a 2nd job, too. It serves as the single greatest display of what beauty our planet is capable to reflect and this all on its’ own. These past couple years spent writing to you all about all the intriguing environmental issues existing today, what makes beautiful things beautiful, and I’ve learned. Especially in times or sorrow, it is often that we look to nature for consolation. More often than down, our eyes tend to gaze up, and towards the endless sky to seek out uncannily illusive answers to our own inner-dialogue’s questions. The wind at your back, tide beneath your feet, and the Sun sucker-punching you in the face – at just the right angle – all bring fleeing moments of serenity, even joy.

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The Myth of Moby Dick the Sperm Whale

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Sperm Whales

 

Everyone loves a good story. The depth and detail at which are the true storytellers of their time would go the distance to find the point where things come “full circle” was staggering. Men and their voices and so on. These fire-side stories became lore. Then, lore became fiction. Fiction begets superstition like no other trigger could advocate. Now, you’re emotionally invested in the hero or villain of your current story. In common fashion, the masses all tend to end up cheering for the sure thing, our story’s hero. Emerging and barely nicked from his opponent’s noble, but inadequate blow. It just doesn’t work without a villain. Everyone loves a monster. The sperm whales’ size brought its species attention from writers looking for a monster. With no trouble and much haste, they would soon find their deep blue dwelling character study. Shortly after, the Sperm whale was seen to be – bluntly said – a murderous mammal. If living among the same peers, in the same time, you attended the release of Moby Dick’s first edition publishing, what might your initial reaction have been. And what do we even know about this monster of the abyss?

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