Jumping into January

Jumping into January

Mischievous Mimi making her very first jump over a fence!  She is growing and evolving as she explores.  Her next adventure is in the works...coming to a bookstore near you later this year!  Check out www.explorewithmimi.com for her other adventures or to order the book.  2015 is going to be a year of growth for this deer!

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The LONG Journey...A Shrimp's "Tale"

"Deer" Explorer Friends,

Well, you know I notice everything...from the awesome sandy ground to the beautiful blue skies!  I really like to look out over the ocean.  Some days I see a dolphin jump or a pelican doing a fancy dive, but each and every day, I see the beautiful shrimp trawlers going out to sea and returning with their sea treasures.  I decided to ask my special friend Oscar the Osprey about the shrimp trawlers.  You might remember Oscar the Osprey from the book about me, Mischievous Mimi Explores Seabrook Island.   Oscar is awesome. He can fly in the sky and see everything that happens on a barrier island and in the ocean too!

I just have to share Oscar's shrimp trawling lessons.  First, the boats or trawlers can be anywhere from 17-85 feet long.  They travel about 3-4 miles from the beach to do the "shrimping." They have large nets that they toss over the side of the boat.  There are grates attached to the nets that drag the bottom of the water to catch the shrimp.  When the nets are pulled up and onto the trawler deck or floor, the "catch" is dumped out and rinsed with a hose.  There are lots of shrimp, but other little sea creatures too!  If you notice in the picture, there are lots of birds flying around the shrimp trawler.  The birds are just hoping to get a little snack.  Whew...now that's a lot of work to get a shrimp from the ocean, into the nets, onto the boat, to the store, and then to your home for you to eat! 

You won't believe what else Oscar taught me.  Way back in 1979 (35 years ago), there was a shrimp caught on a trawler that was over 10 inches long right off the coast of Seabrook Island!  Can you imagine eating a shrimp that was 10 inches long?  It would be like having a hot dog!  If you haven't tasted shrimp, they are really yummy and good for you. Give shrimp a try if you have the chance! 

Since November is a special month to give thanks, I want to thank my awesome friend Oscar the Osprey for teaching me so much about the world around me.  Most of all, I thank God for creating this nature! 

Your "deer" friend,

Mimi

A Visit to the Sanctuary...YES...one for birds!

"Deer" Explorer Friends,

I've been spending so much time watching things that fly...last time it was the beautiful monarch butterflies.  Now, I am noticing the amazing flocks of birds on this "spit" of land across from Pelican Beach on Seabrook Island.   This "spit" or piece of land is called Deveaux Bank and is now designated a bird sanctuary by the Department of Natural Resources or DNR.  This is a part of our government that helps to protect our natural resources.   The sanctuary is pretty awesome.  It is a special place where the birds can go to lay their eggs and their nests are protected.  Humans are not allowed on certain parts of Deveaux Bank so the nests are not disturbed.  Would you believe that there were 3600 Brown Pelican nests on Deveaux Bank last year?  That is over 67 percent of all of the Brown Pelican nests in South Carolina.  So....Deveaux Bank is a pretty important place for these birds. 

If you remember my friend, Oscar the Osprey from my book, you know he is really smart and has helped me learn a lot about barrier island nature.  He taught me all about these birds called Brown Pelicans.  You wouldn't believe how they dive straight into the ocean...better than the best Olympic divers I would say!  They are one of only two birds that can dive into the water to catch their food.  Let me tell you how it happens...it is called a plunge dive and when their big beak hits the water it stuns the fish or makes the fish stop swimming so it can scoop the fish up.  Like we always say, every creature has its' own unique way of getting food to keep themselves nourished.  Here is one more we can add to our interesting list! 

So, next time you are visiting Seabrook, take a look across the ocean from Pelican Beach. It is so beautiful to see all of the birds, especially the Brown Pelican with all of the fancy diving! 

Until next time...

Your "Deer" Friend,

Mimi

 

 

 

 

Thursday Treks....Horseshoe Crabs helping humans??

"Deer" Fellow Explorers,

I am finding amazing creatures on my walks down the beach, but I have to say that one I found today made the top of my list!  As I walked up, it looked like an extra big seashell on the beach, but I noticed this long thing on the end.  Hummm...I thought...should I touch it? 

Well, you know me, I decided to turn it over.   Whoopee...it was some sort of animal I had discovered.  It was wiggling its' legs around like it wanted to swim.   I called Momma Doe over and she told me to gently slide the sea creature back to the water.   Momma explained that it was a horseshoe crab. 

The horseshoe crabs have a 6 legs that are used for swimming and breathing.  They also have a long tail called a telson on the very end.  Even though they are called crabs, they are actually part of the arthropod family which includes spiders and other insects. 

The most amazing thing Momma shared with me is that horseshoe crabs help humans each and every day!  Scientists use part of the horseshoe crab's blood for research. They have learned that the blood helps humans from getting an infection when they get a shot.  Once again, animals and humans working together.  What an amazing world!  A spiky little crab is making a big difference in human lives.  

Let's keep exploring.  Together, we will learn lots more about these barrier islands!  Until next time....

Your "Deer" Friend,

Mimi