Wednesday, July 8, 2015


A glimpse of our favorite monument in Morehead City, North Carolina, a bust of Captain James "Woo Woo" Benjamin Harker IV:

Woo Woo Ha...
Nod said the attribution should read 'perpetrated by' instead of 'sculpted by'. It's my favorite southern nickname to date. Here's a page with the captain's angling strategy when going after red snapper: Captains' Confidential.

I watched a national news story about shark attacks in the Carolinas last week and saw that there were attack dates before we visited and attack dates after we visited. But we hit the coast just as the sharks took a one week vacation, thanks be to Fortuna. Global warming, presence of sea turtle hatchlings, bait fish running very close to shore, and lunar cycles were all offered as possible contributors to the presence of so many sharks in close at swimming beaches. That link also mentions that low rainfall means the seawater is extra salty right now and sharks like that condition as well.

Our eco-tour guide said that he'd been sent to count sharks after beaches were closed in the 80s due to attacks. He went up in a helicopter and counted sharks. After a couple of days he concluded, yep, there's lots of sharks in the ocean and it's not possible to tell when they will come in to a beach. They re-opened the beachs at that time and didn't have any more trouble during the season. Right now the National Parks Service is recommending caution at barrier island beaches.

One kid is lice free. The other kid had just one nit the last check. I will comb again tonight. Sleepovers are beckoning, but can only be resumed when the all-clear is sounded. I also need to call our NC hosts and be humble and warn them. I've been putting that off for a few days.


Zhoen said...

You know, right after the next sleepover, the little buggers will be back.

Nimble said...

We hadn't had any trouble for the last couple of years until this year's summer softball started. I blame the batting helmets! There's no telling but gawdhelpus I hope that's the last go 'round.