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Thursday September 6, 2012

A frolic in the middle Keys


Labor day weekend I spent a few days down in the middle keys with the family of a friend. There was some serious lounging, a lot of drinking, not a little fishing, and quite a bit of eating. While Key West holds on to its bohemian let-everything-hang-out party culture, this side of the Keys has a casually posh, almost Hamptons-style thing going on.

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Thursday July 19, 2007

10 months in jail for a coral poacher, and his boat is getting taken away. Meanwhile — wtf? — you can buy coral on the internet.


Tuesday September 26, 2006

Swimming in the ocean at night

Swimming in the ocean at night
You’ll have to take my word for it, but this is the ocean, photographed around 5am this morning, low tide. The light bands toward the bottom are the surf breaking on the beach, the little light in the upper right is a ship on the horizon.

No, nobody was swimming in the ocean tonight. It would be cool to go, though. But first, let’s get the shark thing out of the way. Here is the information on shark attacks in Florida. You can have it by month (September leads!), time of day (11am – 7 pm leads, but of course that’s when the most people are in the water!), victim activity (surfing leads, swimming #2: a ‘duh’ might be in order), or by county. That last one is reassuring, at least: total number of shark attacks since 1884? 10. Fatalities? 1, and that was in 1961. So there it is: swimming in the ocean at night is not dangerous, not in Miami.

And now for some links. 12 people want to swim in the ocean at night. Inky Circus has some stuff about ocean phosphorescence, when the ocean produces light in response to being disturbed. (She also transitions nicely away from the shark issue.) Jen saw the same thing in Costa Rica. Does that happen here?

It turns out that phosphorescence is caused by red tide, which really only happens on the west coast of Florida, not Miami. Bummer.

And there you have it: the ultimate Tuesday-morning throwaway post.

Update: Yes, that is a photograph. If you see a black rectangle, your options are (1) adjust your monitor (2) join the commenters in making fun of me.