Oh Baby It’s Cold Outside…Yes, even in Florida. Due to a major dip in temperature, our sea turtles are experiencing the second largest cold-stunning event in the Florida Panhandle since 2010, when approximately 1,800 sea turtles were rehabilitated. Sea turtles can become “cold stunned” — when their bodies go into shock due to frigid temperatures — when the waters get below 50 degrees in shallow bays and estuaries…..
Enter our Snowbird Heros….
Jann Gallager, retired officer for the Department of Natural Resourses, and a prominent and much loved member of the exclusive “Dog Walkin’ Furever Friends”, assisted in rescuing over 850 “cold stunned” sea turtles here in Cape San Blas. Some of the sea turtles she rescued looked like they weighed more than she did! Jann transported them approximately one and a quarter hours into the hands of Gulf World, in Panama Beach, FLA., where they are recovering in warm waters. According to Gulf World, most of the turtles will recover within the week and returned to their waters – depending on the weather. However, some have suffered pnuemonia and will require extra tlc.
Jann Gallager, retired officer for the Department of National Resources, and a prominent member of our Dog Walkin’ Furever Friends, assisted in rescuing over 850 cold stunned turtles.
And our Jann wasn’t the only hero here in Barrier Dunes. Retired Vet, Jan Masica, and an owner in Barrier Dunes, stated in her facebook post that “the turtles were rescued by people walking the shorelines and either hand carried out or transported in sleds, kayaks, and tarps. There were also people out in kayaks gathering up the turtles that were floating in shallow waters”. Jan was instrumental in gathering many “Snowbird” volunteers to aid in the rescue and transportation of these beloved Cape San Blas sea turtles.
Jan Masica, retired vet and owner here at Barrier Dunes was instrumental in gathering snowbird volunteers to assist in the rescue
Now if that doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will.
Back a few days upon our arrival and first beach walk. It was a little cool..well, actually it was a lot cold! But we arrived at our second home and amazing beach. Miles of “snow” white beaches, with very few people enjoying it except us Snowbirds and our pups!
Journey and Brody goofin around. Nice height there, Journey!
Yes, that’s a Canadian Touque..
Brody’s first dip
A happy crew!
And now for the necessities….Piggly Wiggly’s for groceries and The Dockside for our traditional Grouper Fingers…oh yeah!
Can’t get enough seafood…Yummy shrimp donned our table
and very tired pups after a wonderful day of sunshine, swimming and playing with their friends
And then enters Christine, Phil and Olive!
Are they here yet?
While we wait…..
Magic plays with reflections on the sand..
And there swimming, of course
Tam Tam with her ball…
And goofin around…And trying to dunk the turtle hero…
and trying to make up with the turtle hero…
And there they are! Christine, Phil and Little Olive with her ball!
Can you think of a better welcoming???
True to form!
After more than a year, we are reunited with our dear friends!
One happy, wet puppy!
So there’s a story about milk and the way it’s packaged in Ontario, Alberta and ummm…now in Florida. Bags vs Jugs. Our dear new Ennismore neighbours, Mary and Jeff, swear by the jugs and have…ahem, made a little fun of our Ontario milk “bags”. So, as seniors, let’s see how this fends for us trying to open the “jug”….
So what do you think? Bag or Jug? Regardless, we are dining on amazing grouper fingers made by our boys….YUM!
Last but certainly not least, the ladies are dining out at Apalachicola’s Owl Cafe, (with shopping to follow!) while our men are golfing….our favorite place to eat!
An amazing first week! Now we wait for Claudio, Kimmy and Meca to join our clan this weekend!
Let me leave you with this….
Life Is Good…..