Friday, August 26, 2011

Live WebCam

Seems like Irene is skirting us, we're getting some rain and wind, the beach is definately getting some waves and it's all supposed to get somewhat worse before it's better tomorrow. Thankfullly we're not getting the full force and my wishes and prayers go out to everyone who does.

You can check out the beach via the webcam at this site:

The best one pops out on your screen:

And here's one from the Springmaid pier which updates every so often:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Classic Movie News

On September 2nd starting at 8 there's a mini-mermaid movie marathon on Turner Classic Movies! Set your DVR, VCR, mindclock or whatever!

They're showing Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Beach Blanket Bingo, Miranda and Mad About Men! As of right now only Miranda and Beach Blanket Bingo are available on DVD so this is a great opportunity!

Hopefully soon they'll play Tarzan and the Mermaids and The Mermaids of Tiburon (both of which are available on DVD.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Well it looks as though Irene may hit right around our area, so we're all preparing. We're expecting lots and lots of rain which means our first floor will potentially flood. We're buying a pump for the back yard to hopefully help. Even if she doesn't hit us right on we know we're going to get that rain and the beaches are going to have some killer waves. In preperation the county/state has closed all the beach starting tomorrow night so the Sea Captain and I are heading out very early in the AM to see if we can find some shells. We don't expect to find much but as soon as the storm passes we're expecting some great finds...if we can manage to be among the first back out there. (As you can tell the possability of seashells are my silver lining in this!)

Of course there are other concerns (rain, flooding, winds, do we need to board our windows?) and I'm praying that she heads out east not hitting land at all but that's not something they're predicting. Should we manage to avoid a dead on hit my thoughts and prayers go out to anyone else in Irene's path.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gaga is finally a mermaid

Gaga finally released her mermaid video for You and I...and it's not what I had expected, of course who could possibly hope to predict what she'll do!? I'm not sure I like it altogether, but it is nice to see her as a mermaid.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Explore "Ocean Mysteries" with Georgia Aquarium and Jeff Corwin

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin will feature unique creations, exotic locations and fascinating stories, quickly drawing the whole family into the journeys that Jeff and the Georgia Aquarium team take as they unlock the mysteries of the ocean. Ocean Mysteries will air each Saturday morning at 11 a.m. starting September 3 on ABC!

Maybe he'll find a mermaid!?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Oceanic Whitetip

From its distinctive look to it's easily aggrivated manner it's easy to see why Carcharhinus longimanus, the Oceanic Whitetip, is quickly becoming one of my favorite sharks.
Jacques Cousteau ranked this shark as one of the most dangerous for its brazenness in evaluating prey. 
It's probably one of the most easily recognized sharks as it has very large, rounded dorsal and pectoral fins that are mottled with white on the edges. 
The Oceanic Whitetip is found throughout the world in deep, open water. It is almost never seen in shallow water and therefore not a threat to beachgoers. It is considered one of the four most dangerous sharks to humans on the open ocean and it has been known to bite for no reason.  They are known to be fearless and very aggressive. Divers can safely dive with Whitetips (except in the Red Sea it would seem) but as with all sharks you must use extreme caution. The Whitetip can grow up to 13 feet, so that's one big fish you don't want to mess with!
The Oceanic Whitetip is the most common ship-following shark, and in the 16th century were known to mariners as 'sea dogs.' The Whitetip is believed to be responsible for many of the fatal attacks on plane and shipwreck survivors at sea. Because of this the Oceanic Whitetip is responsible for more fatal attacks on humans than all other species combined. It is only because of the lack of survivors, that the whitetip does not have the highest number of recorded incidents.
The Oceanic Whitetips were responsible for the deaths of many many men when the steamship Nova Scotia was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off northern Natal, South Africa in WWII. Of the 900 men on board only 192 survived. The survivors said that most were victims of a "feeding frenzy."  They are also well known for being one of the species of sharks that scavenged on the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. (The other types reported were Mako and Tiger.)

Recent studies show a huge drop in the Whitetip populations because its large fins are highly valued as the chief ingredient of shark fin soup. Their numbers were estimated to have dropped by as much as 70% in the Northwest and Western Central Atlantic between 1992–2000. They have been listed as "Critically Endangered" but so far there has been no sign of improvement.

Hopefully more bans on shark fishing will help the species regroup.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Deep Blue Shark Song

Get your Shark on!

Shark in the water

VV Brown sings Shark in the water.

It's not really about sharks, just anxiety. ;)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Jaws: Behind the scenes

On the 36th anniversary of Jaws, Matt Taylor published a book with hundreds of behind the scenes photos. has a slideshow of a few of them.

or the actual website for the book

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Shark Fun Facts

In 2009, more people were killed from being crushed by soda machines than were killed by shark attacks.

Amanzimtoti Beach in South Africa is the most dangerous beach in the world for shark attacks.

The Megamouth shark is the rarest of the shark species. It was discovered in 1976.

Bull Sharks have been seen swimming up the Mississippi River.

Baby sharks are born with sharp teeth and the ability hunt right from the start.

Sharks can sense a drop of blood from 2.5 miles away. They can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

Sharks, in their 400 million years on earth, have shown an extraordinary ability to resist cancer and other diseases.

The ostrich is often credited with laying the largest eggs, but the largest egg in the world was actually laid by a shark, the whale shark. The egg, 14 inches (36 cm) long, was found in the Gulf of Mexico in 1953.

The great white shark has 3,000 teeth at any one time. A white shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rogue Sharks

It started out as a so-so show for Shark Week, random attacks and qustioning whether or not rogue sharks exist (they don't,) I actually got a little bored for a bit but then there was this great surprise ending!
Basically what you need to know is that there were a series of shark attacks in Sharm el-Sheikh (one of Egypt's Red Sea resort towns,) which were all very similar and by the same shark; an oceanic whitetip with a nick in its tail. The shark had bitten off several hands and taken bites from several butts! So the question was is this a rogue shark? Is this shark hunting humans on purpose? The answer, it turns out, is sort of yes!
A video surfaced showing a diver "training" this very same whitetip shark. He would hold a dead fish in his hands for the shark and then would turn around. The shark would then swim up behind the man and the man would produce another fish from his fanny pack and feed the shark behind him! The shark began to associate humans with "treats."So the shark bit off hands hoping for treats and then bit the butts looking for the second treat!  Incredible! Of course if the shark was actually rogue it wouldn't have just bit the people, instead it would have just devoured them.

Monday, August 1, 2011

How Jaws Should Have Ended


Shark Week app

Be sure to download the Shark Week Live app for iphone. It's synched with the shows and offers fun trivia, behind the scenes info and shark related games and quizzes! Best part is.... it's free!

Download it here
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