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If humans came with a care label, it would say “Performs Best When Exposed to Fresh Air, Sunlight and Water.” Too often, our lives are depleted of these essentials. Hook Life was inspired by moments when we come to life on the water. Our Moments blog captures them to enjoy when you can't be out on the water yourself. So please take a moment to enjoy and to share one of your moments with us.
Lobsters are the ocean’s spiders – ten-legged crustaceans skittering across the seafloor, crouching in crevices and under rocks. Found in all the oceans, lobsters range from the shoreline to beyond the brink of the continental shelf.
Typically 10-20 inches long, lobsters can live over 50 years, growing to 3 feet and over 40 pounds. They grow by molting – secreting enzymes that soften their shells and joints, struggling out of the old hard shell in a soft new one and absorbing water to grow by 20% – a miracle of nature in 15 minutes.
Lobsters feed on clams, mussels, crabs, starfish and small fish. They are formidable predators, with claws on their first three pairs of legs. The large front claws are powerful – a blunt and heavy crushing claw paired with a sharper, thinner claw for cutting. Lobsters have no teeth and chew food with three grinding molars in their stomachs.
To navigate the murky ocean bottom, lobsters rely on compound eyes with hundreds of lenses constantly in motion. They sense chemical “smells” with a pair of antennae and “taste” food with rows of fine sensory hairs that line their legs.
Today’s expensive meal, lobster was yesterday’s original trash food. Native Americans used lobsters as bait and fertilizer. The colonists found piles of them washed ashore and came to see lobster as a critical source of protein during hard times, but not as desirable food. Lobster eventually became known as the food of the poor, servants, prisoners and slaves.
The lobstering industry began in the late 18th Century with the advent of the lobster smack – a boat with a built-in live well to keep the catch fresh. In 1842, the first cannery was built in Eastport Maine and the industry spread quickly along the coast. Canned lobster was cheaper than baked beans.
Lobster’s culinary stock rose dramatically over time. With the growth of train travel, fresh lobster was introduced to Boston, New York and other centers of taste and fashion. The lowly lobster began to appear in the dining rooms and restaurants of discriminating diners. By the beginning of World War II, it was considered a delicacy.
Lobster trivia factoids:
The world record lobster caught off Nova Scotia weighed 44 pounds, was 3.5 feet long and at least 100 years old.
Like spiders and snails, lobsters have blue blood.
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The Snake is a storied river – a legend in the history of the American West and among anglers, boaters and nature lovers. Rising from the Two Oceans Plateau in Yellowstone National Park, the headwaters of the Snake flow off the Great Continental Divide toward the west on a 1,300 mile journey to the Pacific. After passing through Jackson Hole Valley, the stream grows into a major river as it carves a crescent arc across southern Idaho, turns north along the Oregon border and empties into the Columbia River as its largest tributary.
The Snake River is a precious natural resource for wildlife, natural beauty and spectacular cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout as well as other species of fish. However, the watershed covering over 100,000 square miles is also an important source of water and, sadly, has dams in many places. Find out how you can help protect the Snake River at Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited http://jacksonhole.tu.org, Henry’s Fork Foundation https://henrysfork.org and other conservation groups.
Gordon Hight guides for Worldcast Anglers https://www.worldcastanglers.com — check out their amazing fly shop and guide service based in Victor, Idaho.
Take a moment to watch Dimitry bring a blank page to life for you.
The harbor seal, also known as the common seal, is a true seal found along temperate and Arctic marine coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere. Friendly and plentiful along the northeast coastline.
Here is a printable version of Harbor Seal.
Here is a line art version that you can colorize.
Take a moment to watch Dimitry bring a blank page to life for you. Sea Anemone is the first in a series – more drawings coming soon.
Sea Anemone – Actiniaria
Sea anemones are as colorful and graceful as the land flower they are named after. But instead of petals, they have tentacles filled with venom to snare the fish they eat. Close relatives of corals and jellyfish, anemones live on rocks and coral reefs – often in symbiotic relationships with green algae and clownfish (like Nemo!) that are immune to their venom.
Here is a printable version of Sea Anemone.
Here is a line art version that you can colorize.
The Black Sea has turned blue – a vivid Caribbean Blue!
Normally cobalt blue, seawater at the ancient crossroads between East and West has been colored a spectacular cerulean by a heavier-than-usual bloom of microscopic phytoplankton.
NASA’s Earth Observatory caught the transformation in beautiful satellite images. Photos of the Bosphorus straits off of Istanbul capture the delightful results for people along the coast. Phytoplankton are single-cell algae that float in surface waters wherever sunlight reaches. Along with land plants, they are the earth’s primary food producers – converting light, carbon dioxide and inorganic nutrients into complex organic compounds
Every drop of sunlit seawater teems with hard-shelled diatoms and whip-tailed dinoflagellates that drive life-giving photosynthesis. They also shift the color of the water toward the green light spectrum that they reflect and away from the blues and reds that they absorb.
While this year’s dramatic bloom of Black Sea phytoplankton is good for fish like anchovies and other sea life, excessive blooms such as red tides are destructive. That’s why – with your help – we support oyster reef restoration as a natural way of maintaining healthy, balanced marine ecosystems.
Take a moment for fantastic drone video of a blue whale feeding on krill. And check out the krill – it takes 40 million of these small crustaceans – about 8,000 pounds – to feed a blue whale. They are beautiful!