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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.

Happy Haloween from Amelia River CruisesSome two thousand years ago, rituals began to be held by the Celtic people. The Celts arrived in Ireland around the dawn of the 5th century. In a somewhat close proximity to the time of Christ’s tour of Earth, a festival known to signify the change from the fall to winter each year began taking shape. The Celtic people called this anticipated time of change Samhain. The significance of the events’ timing was meant to recognize that fall (a lighter season) was predecessor to a darker time – winter. It was from the symbolism put forth by this festival of light and dark distinctions that Halloween became an annual celebration. The indigenous peoples formed the traditions – many of which are followed to this day – out of practices that were derived from pagan ritualistic behavior. So, why is it that when Halloween is mentioned in passing, imagery of candy and costumes are the first things to sit on your thoughts. Well – in short – societal evolution. We create new realities to fit our lifestyle in a way that allows modern culture to carry on with celebrations as times change. Who doesn’t love costumes and candy? As a young adolescent, Halloween is the single day out of the year when you may figuratively become anyone or anything you so desire. Moreover, you get to see exactly how many mini-snickers your can stomach in one sitting. It’s a win-win!

So, where did the idea for dressing in costume come from? The original plane of thought for costuming on Halloween was one based on reasoning that was not as simple as our modern fantasy role-playing. The Celtic people were always held fast when it came to one unshakable belief. The ancients believed that the barrier that keeps the spiritual world separate from that one of mortal existence was at its’ thinnest state during the changing of light-to-dark seasons, or Samhain. In an effort to ward off any evil spirits that might pass through the barrier between the two planes of existence, sons and fathers would disguise their appearances accordingly as to not be seen.

We at Amelia River Cruises wish everyone a happy and haunted holiday! Contact us online or via the ticket office at the Fernandina Beach downtown marina to book your next cruise join us for one of the best sunsets. (continue…)

 

 

Dredging the First Coast

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Dredging the intracoastal waterways

 

In some form or fashion, Earth’s bodies of water are always being manipulated by external influences. In some way, our planets’ bodies of water are always in motion. Water cascades down mountains, and pours into oceans. Wind pushes along the top of the water, first creating a ripple. Over time, those ripples eventually become waves as they reach the shore. Gravity moves rainwater after it has splashed down on your driveway. Debris in the path of moving water shapes routes along which water flows.

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The Hurricane Matthew Adventure

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Harbor Marina during Hurricane Matthew

Harbor Marina during Hurricane Matthew

 

 

There are all sorts of things in life which are completely predictable. You can always count on the leaves to change with the seasons, and all flowers will soon whither and fade. In direct disagreement with that idea, there are other aspects of the human experience which – after so many years of study and research – remain to be perceived as “best-guess” scenarios. Successfully predicting the weather can be a lifesaving maneuver. Especially along on the Southeastern coast, weather patterns and many seasonal predictions in Florida fall into that latter category. Meteorology and the academic enthusiasts pursuant to its’ study are unfortunately considered to be on the bottom of the scientific scoreboard, in terms of consistently delivering accurate hypotheses. Here in Fernandina Beach, the island sky – in one moment – can look as though it is a pre-cursor to the beginning events in the book of Revelations. Ten minutes later, singing birds and the blinding afternoon sun leave you forgetful of the dark and ominous sky, just having vanished.

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Whaling Ban Goes Ignored

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

 

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Whale with Dolphin

 

Humans are famous in getting caught up in the sights, smells, and sounds of beautiful surroundings. Although, there are far more prudent things that should enter our thought process as we take the grace and beauty with which these miracles of nature go through their endangered existence. Many of the species you will encounter when going out on the blue with Amelia River Cruises are – in fact – even more endangered than their recognition claims.

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Good News for the Green Sea Turtle Population

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Turtle Nest on Amelia Island

Turtle Nest on Amelia Island

 

Of the seven different types of species of sea turtles, all are in danger of extinction due to an array of problems, both natural and those for which mankind and its’ “progress” must claim responsibility. Unnecessary outdoor lighting and nest disturbance are just a couple of the issues that we ourselves are participating in, causing the depletion of a national treasure. However, there is a touch of good news on the headlines for the Green Sea Turtle today. The odds of the survival of said subpopulation have increased enough to entice the decision-making environmentalist to slightly downgrade the level at which this particular sub-species is considered to be endangered. Archie Carr National Wildlife refuge, located not too far from our Island, is not only the largest and most protected Green sea turtle nest place in Florida. It is responsible for being the largest nesting habitat for these survivors in all of North America. In 2015, a new national record was set for the number of turtles to nest in Archie Carr’s refuge. Researchers counted 14,152 nests by the time the egg-laying season ended in the fall. That surpassed the previous record of 12,846 clutches, set in 2013, and smashed past yearly totals, which ranged from just under 200 nests in 2001 to 6,023 in 2011.

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Post Hurricane Matthew Update

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Amelia River Cruise - Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle’s new temporary home at Dock 8 – South Front Street – Historic Fernandina Beach.

 

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL – October 12, 2016 – Due to extensive hurricane damage to our normal dock at the Fernandina Harbor Marina, we will be resuming operations out of the south end of the same marina, off of Dock 8. This is approximately 300 yards south of our normal business location at 1 North Front Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. A temporary ticket booth building will arrive tomorrow, October 13, 2016 and will be placed south of Atlantic Seafood in the gravel parking lot south of Ash Street.

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Sharktember Fest at Amelia River Cruises

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Blacktip Shark

 

Welcome to our first annual “Shark-tember.” This will be our first month-long look into a single animal and the different species which fall under its’ class. If you are like me and pay entirely too close attention to social media, you may have seen that there have been a few shark appearances right off the beaches of Amelia Island. The first swimming set of teeth we are going to explore is the blacktip shark. Now, this species often gets confused with a reef shark that goes by the same name. The blacktip shark is a species of requiem shark. What is a requiem shark you ask? Simply put, they are migratory sharks that flock to the warmest part of the seas they can sense out. Spinner sharks and some of their relatives of close origins also fall under the requiem category. It’s becoming a widely embraced speculation and a resolve-ridden belief is growing that requiem came from the French word requin, which also has some ambiguity as to its’ definitive meaning. One Latin translation of the words Latin equivalent simply means “rest.” Given this species is one of many with some very serious migratory habits, their name translating as “rest” seems in conflict with the interests of the shark’s daily grind in the deep.

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Florida Manatee Sightings

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Fernandina Beach Harbor Front

Florida Manatees like to hang out at the Fernandina Harbor Front

 

The Florida manatee has taken on the title of Florida’s state marine mammal. A manatee is very large aquatic relative of the elephant. They are grayish brown in color and have very thick, wrinkled skin. There is often a growth of Algae on their skin. They have two flippers in front and one flat flipper in back. The front flippers help the mammal to navigate through shallow waters. Their powerful flat tail helps to propel them through the water. While the Florida manatee’s eyes are very tiny, and its’ ears are not visible, it is thought to see and hear better than most! Manatees are sometimes called sea cows, and their languid pace lends merit to the comparison. However, despite their massive bulk, they are graceful swimmers in coastal waters and rivers. Powering themselves with their strong tails, manatees typically glide along at 5 miles (8 kilometers) an hour but can swim 15 miles (24 kilometers) an hour in short bursts. Manatees are usually seen alone, in pairs, or in small groups of a half dozen animals. From above the water’s surface, the animal’s nose and nostrils are often the only thing visible. Manatees never leave the water but, like all marine mammals, they must breathe air at the surface. A resting manatee can remain submerged for up to 15 minutes, but while swimming, it must surface every three or four minutes.

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Mosquite-borne virus Zika surfaced in South Florida

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Mosquito

 

First discovered in Ugandan in 1947, the Zika virus has surfaced right here in Florida. There is currently a neighborhood in Miami where it has been confirmed that mosquitoes are spreading the virus. Zika virus disease is caused by the Ziska virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aides Aegyptus and Aides albolite’s). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects. Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aides species mosquito (Aides Aegyptus and Aides albolite’s). A pregnant woman can pass Ziska to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Also, a man with Zika can pass it to sex partners.

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Corinthian Catamarans: ARC Excursion Vessels

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Amelia River Cruises Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

 

Looking inward somewhat, I thought it would be cool to share with you guys, especially boating enthusiast, just what kind of experience you can come to appreciate with cruising Amelia River Cruises. Along with a compassionate and professional Staff, the best Captains and live music around, and a great view, we take pride in the vessels that take so wonderful care in helping our guests get the most out of a cruise. We use two boats for all different types of cruises. Whether it is a Shrimping Eco tour, BYOB tour, or your very own private charter, all your excursions with us will be enjoyed on one of our spacious Corinthian Catamarans!

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