Water Calms the Soul

There’s something about a body of water that calms the soul.  It could be an ocean, sea, river, lake, or even a pool.

When the sunlight hits the water it glitters and reflects beauty.  Listening to the waves or watching the peaceful ripples tend to relax a person.  Playing in the water on a hot summer day cools the body and refreshes the soul.

There’s something about water that sets us free.

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Dauphin Island, Alabama

Gwen and I went to Dauphin Island, which is located in Mobile County, Alabama.  It’s connected to the mainland by the Gordon Persons Bridge.

Dauphin Island was named after Louis XIV’s great-grandson.  He was the heir (the dauphin) and future Louis XV of France.

This is a beautiful place to visit, with white sandy beaches, Sea Lab – Estuarium, a military fort dating back to the 1800’s, Audubon Bird Sanctuary, walking trails, restaurants and places to shop.

Sharks are Misunderstood

I think sharks are misunderstood.  They are not mindless killing machines, they are actually very fascinating creatures.

  • The smallest species of shark is the Pale Catshark, and it only grows to eight inches in length.
  • The largest species of shark is the Whale shark, which can grow to 75 feet long.
  • The skeleton of a shark is not made of bone, instead it is make of cartilage.
  • Sharks are saltwater fish; however, the Bull Shark is capable of living in freshwater and saltwater.
  • The sharks skin is so rough that it has been used as sandpaper.
  • Sharks have small holes around their head that can detect electrical fields in the water.  This allows the shark to locate prey, even if they cannot see it.  It also explains why sharks have been known to attack metal objects, which give off a weak electrical field.

The more I learn about sharks, the more impressed I become.  They truly are fascinating creatures.