From now on, #WORLDMANTADAY will be celebrated every September 17! I have been enthralled with Manta Rays since I was a little girl watching them glide across the water in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. I remember being with my dad in our fifth floor hotel room, looking at them through binoculars and being amazed by their size and beauty. Of course, no one knew anything about them back in the 1960s and 70s, so we weren’t allowed in the water with them. Now, we know they are Gentle Giants.[Read more…] about The First #WORLDMANTADAY has Arrived!
My New Kid’s Book Series has Arrived with Book Two of Ocean Friends, More Fish Faces! I have to admit that I am very excited about it!
You all know how passionate I am about the ocean and about animals, especially ocean animals. I have traveled to all seven continents and had incredible experiences. Going on citizen science expeditions have been some of the most fulfilling trips of my life. I’ve been cage diving with Great White Sharks, seen Dwarf Minke Whales, Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, and taken photographs for scientific identification of many other species. I have loved every moment of it, and I share what I have learned in my new book series, Ocean Friends![Read more…] about My New Kid’s Book Series has Arrived with Book Two of Ocean Friends, More Fish Faces!
World Lion Day 2020 is the Day to Give! I first published this post in 2015, and sadly, the plight of our lions is even worse than it was then. Please learn about our endangered lions and give generously to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.[Read more…] about World Lion Day 2020 is the Day to Give!
How to give back to society while traveling? It can be done, and I have always been a supporter of making a difference.
Traveling to various corners of the globe can be fulfilling. After all, you will be able to soak up different cultures, experience new sights and sounds, and meet people from all walks of life. However, it is possible that you might feel disconnected from your community or you might be eager to help the lives of others in a different destination.[Read more…] about How to Give Back to Society While Traveling
What You Can Do to Help Our Earth and Oceans. It isn’t hard, it just requires a little thought and some education. With our shut down due to Covid-19 we are seeing how quickly the planet can respond to the lack of hurtful human activities. If only we could take the lesson and do better when “normal” life starts back up! Here are some suggestions to help you begin the journey of combatting the harm that plastic and pollution does to our planet. The first thing you can do to help our earth and oceans is to reduce single-use plastics by reusing grocery bags, saying no to plastic utensils and carry a water bottle instead of drinking bottled water.[Read more…] about What You Can Do to Help Our Earth and Oceans
Tam’s Updated 9 Tips on How to Travel with Chronic Pain.
Update 2020: I published this blog in December 2017, and it is one of the most popular blogs on my site. Many of us, especially as we get older, experience pain and uncertainty. I just had a left hip replacement 5 weeks ago! I’ve been traveling the last couple of years with an increasingly bad and super painful hip in addition to my back problems, but I have managed, and let me tell you how!
Knowing how to travel with chronic pain is very important for me. When I began solo traveling and performing citizen science, after my children left home, one of my family’s major concerns was how I would manage my back pain while traveling solo. What would I do without help? I have had two major back surgeries, and I am fused from L2-S2 with rods and 8 pedicle screws. In other words, my spine looks like a madman’s science project! Heavy lifting is a major issue for me in all aspects, and since I do volunteer scuba diving trips, I make arrangements before I go to be sure it is understood I need assistance with the weight of the tank. In addition to my chronic back pain, I have Psoriatic Arthritis which flares up when it is most inconvenient. Plus, as I said above, the last few years I have been traveling with terrible left hip pain (I just had a hip replacement, thank goodness). I have learned about taking care of myself when I travel with chronic pain, which is bascially all the time, and I’m happy to share these lessons, and tell you what works for me. [Read more…] about Tam’s Updated 9 Tips on How to Travel with Chronic Pain