Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Publix grocery store sells shark meat

I was in Fort Myers Beach, Fl. in June and I did notice shark in the fish market section of the Publix store. I guess it must've slipped my mind by the time I got home, but this article from a twitter friend has reminded me of it again.
If I sound like I'm on a soapbox today about sharks, you betcha I am !!!

Dead Shark left laying in road

I have read and heard of some weird things before, but this one angers me. It is an article from the Associated Press in a Miami, Fl newspaper today. My love for wildlife, sharks and all sea creatures is very well known. I am too angry to comment on this article right now.

"The body of a shark was left lying in the middle of a downtown Miami street after two men tried to sell it to several fish markets. The men apparently carried the five or six foot long fish around on the city's Metromover downtown train, prompting calls to police.
News footage Tuesday night showed the dead animal in the street with police orricers and cruisers nearby. Two stations reported that a pair of men had tried to sell the animal to at least three fish markets for around $10.
Rob Orta, an employee at Casablanca Fish Market, told television station WSVN that the men offered his business the shark.
"But we don't buy sharks off the streeet, " Orta told the station.
Wildlife officials later determinmed the animal was a nurse shark. The case could result in misdemeanor charges of improper killing and disposal of an animal and selling a shark without a license.
One resident of teh area where the shark was dumped said he didn't know what was going on at first. "It was a relief that it was a shark," said Keith Smith. "When I first saw it, I thought it was a body because of all the shootings that have been going on."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Can You Help Us....Please ????

This is a poem written by a scuba diving buddy of mine about the sorrow of the dolphins and their need to swim free.

Attached is my newest painting, which just happened to be dolphins swimming free in the surf.

Can You Help Us.....Please????

The bright red sun rising in the East

the earth is slowly waking from a good night's rest

Birds are singing , stretching their wings...

preparing for a morning of feeding.

Out of the corner of my eye...

I see the others have just arrived.

To read the rest of this poem, please go to
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