Friday, February 29, 2008

Fred the Cat and Sea Turtles

Tomorrow marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting season. I’ve never seen these big dudettes crawl up on the beach, dig a hole, lay their eggs, cover the nest with sand, and then crawl back into the ocean, but the Pops have seen it many times. They say it’s an amazing thing to watch. They also say that the person who invented the word “awesome” must have been watching a sea turtle nesting.

I’m pretty sure something that large would frighten a weenie cat my size.

Ever wonder where the Leatherback sea turtles go when they aren’t crawling ashore to nest? Okay, maybe you didn’t before, but you might be wondering now.

Follow this link and you can see where, April, the Leatherback sea turtle has been for the past two years. After she nested on the southeast Florida beach, (about an hours drive south from where we live) she was fitted with a satellite tracking device. She left the beach, and thanks to the satellite tracking system, we can see the red line that shows her two year ocean journey. It look’s like she may be on her way back to Florida soon, perhaps to nest again.

That’s your sea turtle information this week from your Florida feline, Fred the Cat.

Have a great weekend smile as much as you can.

Fred the Cat (the cat who loves you guys)


Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Fred:"Hey, how do you turn this thing on? I wanna hear the ocean!"

February 29, 2008 2:50 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

Fred is just trying to make us all wamr and jealous

February 29, 2008 4:45 AM  
Blogger andante said...

Give up, Fred. You'll never fit in that thing.

February 29, 2008 4:50 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Thanks for the turtle info Fred. I have seen the turtles nesting and it is awesome. Let's hope people like Mr. PoP are successful in their efforts to protect them.

February 29, 2008 5:05 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Fred The Cat = Entertaining and Informative.

February 29, 2008 5:15 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Man, Florida to Newfoundland to nearly South America. Groovy stuff!

February 29, 2008 5:33 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Man, it's a good thing sea turtles are excellent swimmers.

Luf, Us

February 29, 2008 7:25 AM  
Blogger Preposterous Ponderings said...

That Fred sure is one top cat!

I'd give anything to be in Florida right now and away from this harsh winter in Ohio.

February 29, 2008 7:35 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

What an amazing journey those turtles make. I think you are safe staying home and hanging out by the seashell. That sunny backyard looks very inviting too.

February 29, 2008 8:01 AM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

Has April been drinking rum punch again?

February 29, 2008 8:06 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Thanks for the information, Fred. I used to live near the Texas coast and saw some of those leatherbacks--it was awesome.

Oh, and how does PoP manage to get such cute pictures of you?

February 29, 2008 8:19 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Baxter sends his regards, Fred.

I love the sea turtles. The place we're staying on Maui is right next to a wildlife preserve that is protected partly because the sea turtles nest there.

February 29, 2008 8:21 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Wow. That totally redefines my notion of cool...

February 29, 2008 10:21 AM  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

Fred, leatherbacks are amazingly large, but I doubt they would hurt you. In fact, they might give you good sand-flipping pointers for your kitty box.

Thanks for letting us see April's journey (so far). Hope she makes it back to FL this year.

February 29, 2008 10:59 AM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Fascinating, to look at April's trek; wonder if she rides currents, like the turtles in "Finding Nemo" - "It's the EAC, little dude, totally awesome!" (Eastern Australian Current)
You guys have a swell weekend, too.

February 29, 2008 12:22 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

love ya fred. thanks.

February 29, 2008 12:53 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

hey, Fred--
where're the PoP's going, do you know?
I'd love to drive down and meet them and watch the turtles nesting.

February 29, 2008 2:33 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

fred Leatherbacks are pretty cool. All turtles are that are migratory.
It is pretty cool watching them set the nests but not as nice watching them hatch and run the gauntlet to the beach.

February 29, 2008 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you going to drive this pet to faking an illness with your extreme liberalism just like you did to your dumb dog?

February 29, 2008 11:24 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

hi AAP--
yeah, I'll pass on the hatching. have seen it on tv-- and that was too close for comfort. :(

March 01, 2008 2:51 PM  
Blogger phil_in_ny said...

What a great picture. It reminds me to slow down, and enjoy life's simple pleasures. :)

March 02, 2008 4:11 AM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

it's so sad that some cannot be a part of life on life's terms.

March 02, 2008 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How's your dumb dog? Oh wait - he killed himself.

March 02, 2008 1:10 PM  
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March 02, 2008 6:16 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

oh, Fred--
you're such a sweetheart!
and, ummmm-- ya gotta put your EAR next to it to hear the ocean. . . . :)

March 05, 2008 1:17 PM  

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