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You should visit amazing St Simons Island if you love animals! I was overjoyed to find different types of interesting animals in and near St Simons. My son in law once asked my daughter why our family always spent our vacations looking at animals. The answer is animals are endlessly fascinating, and important to our ecosystems….and I love them, and I planned the trips!
First, are you aware that the North Atlantic Right Whale spawns off of the southern Georgia coast? Every year these super endangered whales return to the waters of St Simons and northern Florida in their fight for survival. They are estimated to be somewhere around 500 animals, a very low number. They were driven to the edge of extinction by whalers who considered this whale to be the “right whale” to kill for oil. Because of their low numbers, boats are not permitted to get too close, but you can head out in the winter with binoculars and see this very rare creature. I learned about this from a boat trip with Cap Fendig’s Lighthouse Trolley and Boat Tours!
Second, St Simons Island is perfect for seabird watching! On a Dolphin Tour (we didn’t see any dolphins even though they are in the waters around the island) we floated off the shore of Bird Island, and I saw a big variety of seabirds! The Pelicans are the most beautiful in my eyes, and I had never seen a White Pelican before! I couldn’t believe how big they are, and how beautiful! We were told that they aren’t supposed to be in Georgia, but they came and stayed. However they arrived, it is fabulous to see them!
Third, it has been reported that Manta Rays have been sighted off St Simons. I looked for them, but never saw them myself. I did find an article, Catch Cobia Riding the Rays, which talks about how Cobia shade themselves under Manta Rays. Manta Ray sightings have been reported as far north as the Carolinas in recent years due to warming ocean waters. It’s a little nerve wracking to read about fishing for Cobia around Manta Rays…Mantas and fishing line are not compatible. The guys on the boat said they’d send me a photo of a manta if they managed to get one!
Fourth, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center is on Jekyll Island, just a short drive from St Simons. The most common sea turtles in the area are the Loggerhead and the Green Sea Turtle. Very rarely a Leatherback, Hawksbill, or Olive Ridley is sighted. At the time I visited, only Loggerheads and Greens were in residence. The Center serves the community in many, many ways, with nesting, turtle rescue, education, and rehabilitation. When I was there with Lauren, from the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, we saw a children’s field trip going through, and we also went back and saw the injured residents being rehabbed. I want to say thank you to Jessica Barber Scott, from the Jekyll Island Authority for giving me the tour. Our sea turtles are so very endangered, and it is good to know that these good people are always taking in wounded or stranded animals. A big problem is plastic….turtles cannot regurgitate, so when they take in plastic, it stays in their throat, stomachs, and even noses. It can starve them, or choke them, but in any manner, plastic does not belong in the ocean, or in the tummies of our sea creatures. Thank you to Georgia Sea Turtle Center for your care of our endangered turtles!
St Simons and Georgia’s Golden Isles are a treat for all people who enjoy animals! Be sure and see these wonderful creatures on your St Simon’s Island Vacation!
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It is World Oceans Day 2018! Are you tired of hearing that our oceans are in crisis? Too bad, because it is true. Did you know our oceans are 30% more acidic than they were 100 years ago? Did you know that 4 out of the 5 mass extinctions on earth took place when oceans became too acidic? Did you know that they recently found microplastic in organisms in Antarctica??? Our oceans are paramount to our very lives. We have to start caring about it, or we will destroy ourselves.
Let’s all replace plastic with biodegradables. Please check out this link to Amazon’s biodegradable straws! Remember, we all need to #startwith1thing. What 1 thing will you start with???? For switching to biodegradable makeup and sunscreens go to SHOP BEAUTIFUL YOU.
Check out this article from The Center for Biological Diversity. Here are the facts:
- Fish in the North Pacific ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year, which can cause intestinal injury and death and transfers plastic up the food chain to bigger fish and marine mammals.
- Sea turtles also mistake floating plastic garbage for food. While plastic bags are the most commonly ingested item, loggerhead sea turtles have been found with soft plastic, ropes, Styrofoam, and monofilament lines in their stomachs. Ingestion of plastic can lead to blockage in the gut, ulceration, internal perforation and death; even if their organs remain intact, turtles may suffer from false sensations of satiation and slow or halt reproduction.
- Hundreds of thousands of seabirds ingest plastic every year. Plastic ingestion reduces the storage volume of the stomach, causing birds to consume less food and ultimately starve. Nearly all Laysan albatross chicks — 97.5 percent — have plastic pieces in their stomachs; their parents feed them plastic particles mistaken for food. Based on the amount of plastic found in seabird stomachs, the amount of garbage in our oceans has rapidly increased in the past 40 years.
- Marine mammals ingest and get tangled in plastic. Large amounts of plastic debris have been found in the habitat of endangered Hawaiian monk seals, including in areas that serve as pup nurseries. Entanglement deaths are severely undermining recovery efforts of this seal, which is already on the brink of extinction. Entanglement in plastic debris has also led to injury and mortality in the endangered Steller sea lion, with packing bands the most common entangling material. In 2008 two sperm whales were found stranded along the California coast with large amounts of fishing net scraps, rope and other plastic debris in their stomachs.
Trying to stay fit while traveling is a major challenge! Don’t I know? On fabulous trips with delicious food, it is easy to miss workouts!
Of course, if you’re traveling somewhere like New Zealand and staying in a place like Absoloot Value Accommodation Queenstown you’re going to be surrounded by active people that flock to New Zealand in order to experience the great outdoors and live a very active lifestyle.
When you travel in unfamiliar environments you don’t have consistent access to the gym equipment you’re used to. Many resorts do have workout facilities, but they aren’t always the best. With that in mind, here are three top tips on how to stay fit while you are traveling.
On Demand Fitness Classes
Les Mills now offers an on-demand digital platform containing the world’s most popular gym classes such as Body Pump, Body Balance and Body Combat. This relatively low-cost subscription model (around $10 per month) means you have access to online classes anywhere in the world, presuming you have an internet connection… you can even save them offline, on your phone, to watch them anywhere you can think of; even in the jungle or a remote desert island.
Swimming is one of the best ways to keep in shape as it’s a great cardiovascular sport plus it works every major muscle group in your body. This is always my go to exercise when I am near the ocean. Diving or snorkeling is an amazing workout and encompasses fun and learning with exercise. You can explore a whole new world beneath the water! Also, if you can afford to pay a little extra for a hotel with a pool then you can have a fantastic workout at no extra cost, in the comfort and convenience of your hotel. Going somewhere cold? Check for hotels with indoor pool facilities!
Take Some Equipment With You
Clearly, you won’t want to be taking weights on your flight but there are plenty of small and lightweight pieces of equipment that you can take along. For instance, you could take some TRX bands, resistance bands, which are particularly effective at working your upper body, and a skip rope. Skipping is how boxers train because it provides a fantastic all over cardiovascular workout. Then, there is always the option to go for a nice long walk and explore the area. I’ve been known to take a yoga mat along on trips!
Hey, there are many ways to keep fit while traveling, and just because you don’t have a gym doesn’t mean you can’t continue to exercise and stay in shape while you’re traveling the world. Keep exploring, my friends!
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Your sunscreen is contributing to the death of our coral reefs if you are using sunscreens with Benzophenone-3 AKA Oxybenzone. Almost all “name brand” sunscreens (the usual suspects) include this chemical. It is great at reducing UV exposure, but it is classified by the FDA to be an eye irritant and slightly hazardous for skin contact! Yep, your sunscreen is hazardous to your skin because of the chemicals in it. (www.spectrumchemical.com)
The US Center for Disease Control (CDC), says that 97 percent of Americans have this chemical circulating in their bodies. 97%! Benzophenone-3, or Oxybenzone, is also listed as a direct cause of coral bleaching. Do you really want that chemical on your skin and IN your body? Or on your child or baby? I hope the answer to that is a resounding NO. Check the labels, folks! Avobenzone is used in replace of Oxybenzone, but don’t be fooled, it is still a benzophenone. They often use different names and slightly different benzophenones to make you think the sunscreen doesn’t have it. Homosalate is another common sunscreen ingredient that, for health reasons, is limited to less than 10% in a formula by the FDA. Why? Because it bio-accumulates in the body faster than it can be eliminated and is considered a hormone disrupter. That’s what we all need, a hormone disrupter! Check the ingredients of your sunscreen. Stream2Sea has a card you can print out at https://stream2sea.com/ingredients-to-avoid. Almost all of the “name” sunscreens are filled with chemicals.
I have a couple of recommendations for safe, non toxic sunscreens for you to purchase, both well rated by the EWG. A super great source is the SkinStore, they have organic, chemical free, cruelty free and lots more! Safer for you and your children, and safer for the environment!
- KISS MY FACE organics. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) gives KISS MY FACE organics a high rating for sun protection and health. I have used KISS MY FACE quite often, and have found it to be an excellent product. It comes in sprays and lotions and is mineral based. I highly recommend it! You can find it at Amazon. https://amzn.to/2KC6G30
- STREAM2SEA products are also highly rated, and their website is full of great information. (https://stream2sea.com) They are chemical free and mineral based.
For more tips on how to help the Ocean environment and animals, my book, ALL FISH FACES, has plenty of tips and information for you and your kids, or grandkids!
What Diving the Revillagigedos Archipelago Really Looks Like!!!!
While I love diving the entire archipelago of Revillagigedos, I confess to a slight bias toward the island of San Benedicto. I have several reasons for this, and the first is the appearance of the island itself. I absolutely love the lava streamed rock of the island, which last erupted in 1952. It also has amazing dive sites, namely El Boiler and the 3 Sisters. Each of these sites was boiling with wildlife action! Enjoy!
I am fascinated with the clearly intelligent eyes of the manta.
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