Beggar, the Bottlenosed Dolphin

Now that my tears are wiped away I can talk about the death of a beloved creature, Beggar, from Sarasota Bay. He was found dead a week ago. Apparently, what was found inside of him were such things as fishing hooks and other fishing implements plus sea life that a dolphin doesn’t normally eat.  There is no “definitive” cause of death at the time of this writing.

We used to live on Siesta Key. When we return to visit, former neighbors and best friends of ours usually take us out on their boat. We visit the Sarasota Bay area of Nokomis and spot Beggar following boats, begging for food. He was a beautiful dolphin.

This same friend sent me some articles about dolphins in Sarasota Bay. There’s a video blog and copy of an interview with a biologist associated with Mote Marine.  It’s about the history of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Project.  A great story; I hope you take the time to watch the video and or read the text.  http://sarasotadolphin.org/randy-wells-oral-history/

Annual Cycles of Nature

I’ve come to notice the cycles of nature here in South/Coastal Alabama.

Bugs: the spring welcomes (although I don’t) love bugs, dragonflies, regular stink bugs, butterflies migrating north, flies, mosquitoes. Love bugs return followed by dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies migrating south, smiley faced crab spiders (we have them now), orb spiders, banana spiders, leaf-footed stink bugs (ugh!). Then bugs lie somewhat dormant during the “cold” months except for mosquitoes which are here year-round because there is no long-term frost.

Fruit & nuts: strawberries open the season, blueberries, blackberries, figs, watermelon, peaches, muscadines, meyer lemons, persimmons, pecans, satsumas.

I have not completed my flowering tree list. If you have one to offer, please send me a note.  Also let me know if you’ve noticed something I’ve missed.