How About a Spaycation?

zzrecovery 5Want to help animals and have fun in the Bahamas? Volunteers are needed for an Abaco Spay/Neuter Clinic being held in Marsh Harbour April 24 to 26 (Friday to Sunday).

Sponsored by Royal Potcake Rescue USA, BAARK, the Abaco Shelter, Hope Town Humane Society and the Island Veterinary Clinic, the 3-day event will provide free sterilization for local dogs and cats to help control and reduce the stray populations.

Volunteers must arrive in Marsh Harbour (MHH) on or before Thursday, April 23 and stay through to Monday, April 27. Accommodations will be provided for out-of-towners, though you’ll be responsible for your own travel costs (which I understand may be tax-deductible.)

You’ll also be responsible for your housing, transportation and other expenses before or after the clinic weekend, if you choose to come earlier or stay longer. (If I were you, I’d stick around a week and come to Green Turtle Cay for the Island Roots Heritage Festival May 1-3…)

Interested? You’ll need to complete a Volunteer Application before April 1. For more information, contact Royal Potcake Rescue USA through their website or Facebook page. And for a preview of what to expect, here’s my report from last year’s event. 

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Look Out for Lydia

If, like my friend Angie, you’re not a fan of sharks, this is definitely not the post for you. Quit reading right now and find something else to do.

Still with me? Then allow me to introduce you to Lydia. She’s a great white, one of a hundred or so sharks worldwide being studied by OCEARCH – a non-profit organization that examines the biology, health and migration of sharks and other top predators in an effort to protect them and enhance public safety and education.

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Lydia in OCEARCH’s specialized lift, prior to tagging (photo courtesy of http://www.ocearch.org)

Thanks to a tracking tag, OCEARCH has been following Lydia’s movements since March 2013. And the girl really gets around. She’s traveled more than 35,000 miles in two years, venturing as far north as Newfoundland, Canada and east across the Atlantic almost to the UK.

Whenever Lydia surfaces for more than a minute or so, her tagging device signals a satellite, reporting her location. Her most recent ping, detected March 12, indicated she was headed straight for the Bahamas.

By tagging Lydia and other sharks, OCEARCH can track and study them in a way that’s impossible to do with free-swimming, untagged creatures. According to the organization, the tracking tags don’t injure the sharks or disrupt their normal movements or lifespans. (Did you know great whites can live up to 70 years?!)

On OCEARCH’s website, you can view Lydia’s complete profile and track the movements of all their tagged sharks by name or geographic area.

Lydia’s current location won’t be known until she “pings” again, but if you’re in or near the Bahamas, keep an eye out for her. At 2,000 pounds and 14.5 ft long — and with red and blue tags on her dorsal fin — she shouldn’t be hard to spot!

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Tagged and ready to go (photo courtesy of http://www.ocearch.org)

GTC 101: Playing Here (Part Two: Boating and Fishing)

This is the sixth post in the series, Green Turtle Cay 101: A Guide to Getting Here, Staying Here, Dining Here and Playing Here.

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Sunrise over the boats moored in Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay.

The waters around Abaco are some of the most beautiful in the Bahamas – maybe in the world. So it’s not surprising that Green Turtle Cay is a popular destination for mariners and anglers. Regardless of your boating experience or skill level, there’s much fun to be had on the water.

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