Spiny Lobster On The Wall

The lobsters that live on our coast are spiny lobsters. They have no claws but the most wonderful succulent lobster tail meat ever.  Our neighbor Sergio is the person who we buy from. We have not been able to buy lobster for several months as the government has an order for non-sales for lobster and crab during certain months of the year – I think when they are spawning.  We had our first for Mother’s Day weekend so great to have them back.  Several months ago Sergio came to my gate with a gift. It was the shell of a lobster, completely intact but totally empty. I have attached it to the wall on our porch, it is very beautiful to see how perfect this empty shell is. Make it a great day!


Dolphins Passing By San Clemente

We take our coffee almost every morning down by the water and we have what I call “surf therapy”. That is my idea of starting the day off right. Some peaceful time to kick-start our days. Most mornings it is far from quiet with the surf, birds, fishermen and Joe and I gabbing away. This has been our routine for almost every day the past two years. In all that time we have never seen dolphin swimming by so this is very exciting.

Our first sighting was while we were staying at Hotel San Jacinto. Almost every morning for the week we stayed there we had our breakfast on the outdoor deck and saw these beautiful, graceful creatures come by. We thought this was an every day occurences but soon found out that was not so and have longed to see them once again. How lovely to be given this gift. I sure do appreciate their appearance after such a long absence.  Maybe this week they will visit again.


Coral on the Rocks and Jellyfish on the Sand

Coral or what? On one of our walks up the beach last weekend, Joe saw what looks to be a coral formation on the rocks on the beach. So of course, I needed to take some pictures.

I actually could not get very close and I guess I was a little afraid to have some sea creature pop out and take a bite of me so I took these from afar…but it really looks to be some sort of coral formation to me, odd because these are the rocks on the beach that are more often not covered with water. If anyone knows for sure what this is let me know, if I was not such a chicken I would get a little closer and would check it out myself.

While on the beach in Playas several months back, I was stung by a little blue jelly fish. The pain was incredible and it lasted for over a week with a long welt on the inner thigh of one leg and some small spots on the other. Since then we have found out that jelly fish are more prevalent in the water close to shore about 8-10 days after a full moon. If stung do not rub or wash the area with salt water but pour vinegar on the sting, the stronger the vinegar the better. I have now subscribed to a web site that sends me a reminded for the full moon http://www.fullmoon.info/en/fullmoon-memo.html and we are more careful being in the water during those times. A week ago while walking the beach I spotted those same little blue devils and gave them a very wide berth.  Never want to get stung by these little fellows again.

I know what you’re saying, “they don’t look like much” but let me tell you the pain from this little thing will be remembered for a very long time. Be alert for a bloom of jellyfish day 8 to day 10 after a full moon. Don’t say I did not warn you! And do what we do – bring a little bottle of vinegar to the beach with you. I understand that in Australia where these critters pose a constant problem, there are actual vinegar stands all along the beach selling the cure!


Treatment of stings

Once a tentacle of the box jellyfish adheres to skin, it pumps nematocysts with venom into the skin, causing the sting and agonizing pain. Successful use of Chironex antivenom by members of the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade showed that acetic acid, found in vinegar, disables the box jelly’s nematocysts that have not yet discharged into the bloodstream (though it will not alleviate the pain). Common practice is to apply generous amounts of vinegar prior to and after the stinging tentacle is removed. Removal of additional tentacles is usually done with a towel or gloved hand, to prevent secondary stinging. Tentacles will still sting if separated from the bell, or after the creature is dead. Removal of tentacles without prior application of vinegar may cause unfired nematocysts to come into contact with the skin and fire, resulting in a greater degree of envenomation.[citation needed]

Although commonly recommended in folklore and even some papers on sting treatment,[25] there is no scientific evidence that urineammoniameat tenderizersodium bicarbonateboric acidlemon juicefresh watersteroid creamalcoholcold packspapaya, or hydrogen peroxide will disable further stinging, and these substances may even hasten the release of venom.[26] Pressure immobilization bandages, methylated spirits, or vodka should never be used for jelly stings.[27][28][29][30] In severe Chironex fleckeristings cardiac arrest can occur quickly, so cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be life-saving and takes priority over all other treatment options.[citation needed]