December 31, 2016
We have had a great month as we search for the bottle nose dolphins that inhabit our Laguna Madre. We have seen several pods in the channel heading to the Port of Brownsville. This week we picked up a good variate of marine life in our try net on an Eco -Tour. The Least puffer is in the Tetraodontidae family includes many familiar species, which are variously called pufferfish, puffers, balloonfish, blowfish, bubblefish, globefish, swellfish, toadfish, toadies, honey toads, sugar toads, and sea squab. Although most species live in inshore and estuarine waters, 29 species spend their entire lifecycles in fresh water. These species are found in disjunct tropical regions of South America (one species), Central Africa (three species) and Southeast Asia (25 species). We had other critters in our net as well. Hope to see you out on the water.
October 18, 2013
Smooth sailing this week. As always very calm on the bay as we search for the bottle nose dolphins that inhabit our Laguna Madre. We have seen several pods work there way in from the gulf. This week we picked up a scorpion fish in our try net on an Eco -Tour. The scorpion fish is in the same family as the dreaded stone-fish that usually inhabits the coast of Australia. Luckily the scorpion fish’s poison isn’t as potent. There are spines along the dorsal fin that carry poison that when introduced to the human body can cause nausea and affect the cardiovascular system as well, fluctuating heartbeat and in extreme cases cardiac arrest. The best treatment is hot water until medical attention in given.
It’s easy to avoid getting stung by almost everything on our shores by simply shuffling your feet as you wade along. This will scare away any dangerous critters that may be in your path.
October 11, 2013
A Little cloudy this week but the dolphins were still making the best of it. This week we picked up an octopus during our Eco-Tour, this is a pretty rare catch as they are so illusive. We probably get them on the net often but they find a way out before we pick it up. We brought up our net with this octopus halfway out of one of the tiny holes in the net. Octopus has no internal or external skeleton so they can squeeze through very tight spaces; I wonder how many we miss. The octopus is so smart that during lab studies they have been known to open a jar to get to a fish that’s waiting inside. All octopuses are venomous but only one species, which is the blue ringed octopus, is deadly to humans. We do not have that species in our bay.
October 4, 2013
This week we have enjoyed such great weather, nice warm partly cloudy days. We have had such good luck with dolphin sightings we were able to see several pods working up and down the Brownsville ship channel. The bay is always nice and calm; there were some slow rolling swells at the jetties. Our Eco-Tours have had great success with various species of marine life to talk about; countless sea stars, different types of rays and all kinds of bait fish. It is starting to get nice and cool on our sunset cruises as we watch the sun sink over Port Isabel.