JPOCurrents

The Blog of JohnsPass.org

January 18, 2016
by DPR
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Sponge Day

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Finally its here! Sponge day. Its been approximately 2 years since a storm has brought a bounty of sponges to Johns Pass. Today those willing to brave the sub 50 degree morning on the northern side (Madiera Beach )of the pass were treated to a plethora, a cacophony, a cornucopia, a smörgåsbord, a full suite of sponge. We found purple sea fans.
SpongeDayPurpleSeaFan

and Sea Fans:
SpongeDayPurpleSeaWhip

We have not had a chance to identify the sponges yet but when we do the results will go HERE! Yea
And as a capstone project the Treasure Island version of the coral castle.
TIcoralCastleJan16

December 20, 2015
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Pirate severance plan and blurry dolphins

Blurry Dolphins

Blurry Dolphins Large Pod


There was either one large pod or several 3 to 4 dolphin pods this morning. I counted what I believe to have been 8 individual dolphins, but just to be funny they never held still for me to count properly. For some reason these dolphins were more blurry than the rest, not sure why as when I took the picture they were fine…. I am fairly sure that the dolphin pods (I am currently going with 3 pods to get the 8 dolphins) were paying their respects to the recently “separated from employment” red haired pirate. You can clearly see from the picture below that the separation incentive included beach front real estate.
BlurryRedSeaweed26 - Mostly just the hair is visible.

Mostly just the hair is visible.

December 19, 2015
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Lettered Olives and Low Low Tides

Head First Diggin Away

Head First Diggin Away



The Lettered Olives were making a good showing today – Most (but not all) of these fellas were on the johns pass exposed beach – A crazy low tide – over a 10 pace stretch I noted 9 of them happily diggin away.

Lettered Olives just hangin out

Lettered Olives just hangin out


Actually I have taken the liberty of assuming their mood was happy, as absolutely none of them looked grumpy before I disturbed them…. after well… grumpy on a mollusk is not always obvious. Speaking of low tide!~ Oh my goodness it was low. I was able to see the light pole (light platform?) without water.
Light Platform out of water

Light Platform out of water


For a comparison with the recent (October 11) Perigean tide
High Tide (Perrigean) Oct 11 Low Tide Dec 19 - 2015

High Tide (Perrigean) Oct 11 Low Tide Dec 19 – 2015


Admittedly it is not a perfect alignment, I will have to get more rigorous with my camera placement. What you see is the south eastern most pillar. This probably is a good representation of our maximum tide swell.

November 7, 2015
by DPR
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Dragonfly Beach Parking

link to Video

Call this fellow a “Giant Darner” – or perhaps just a healthy “Green Darner”
We have an amazing variety of dragonflies over the course of the year. Once or twice a year we also get a migration or a invasion where the sky fills with them. This fellow is representative of our most common and friendly type. He and I went shell hunting for about 15 minutes in the surf before my knuckle hair started to look appetizing. He was kind enough to pose and sit still while he cleaned the windshield for a video. (link at the top)

October 28, 2015
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Stupid Sea Gull Tricks #1

Well this should be a recurring feature! After many years of training we are proud to present Treasure Islands Flock of trained seagulls. Normally we would show you the synchronized swimming or their advanced algebra, however today we present the following video…

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The seagull is actually transitioning into and out of the fourth dimension which you can clearly see here.

Stupid Sea Gull Tricks 1

Brain Surgery

October 26, 2015
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Perrigean tides of October

Also called King Tides occur when the moon is closest to the Earth. This year the End of October offers one of the Perigean tides and a nice data point for high tides in Johns pass. The distance to bridge span markers sat at about 24.5 feet and the main bridge supports had their platforms completely covered.

Perigean Tides 10-26-2015

South Side Johns Pass Bridge 11pm

The NOAA tide prediction site has Johns Pass at approximately 1 ft of sea rise per hundred years so we are not selling real estate just yet, however this is a great picture of the variation in tides.

This is an attempt to capture the 24.5 bridge mark

Bridge Marker  Perrigean10-26-2015

It took quite a while for me to get the Pelicans to line up just right.

October 31, 2013
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Sperm Whale Johns Pass Florida

Live Sperm Whale Johns Pass Florida

Live Sperm Whale Johns Pass Florida

Video of Live Sperm Whale JPO KCR voice

Today is without doubt a day of mourning. Johns Pass has seen the passing of a sperm whale. Authorities have been authoritative. They have exercised authority. The facts as currently known are that a sperm whale beached itself about 900 meters North of the deep water of Johns Pass. The sperm whale seemed undernourished. (feed a fever starve a cold?) The whale has been euthanasied approximately 8 hours into its Johns Pass visit. The brain of a sperm whale is roughly 8 times the size of a humans. Euthanising large brained guest, I am thinking, is not a recommended tourism practice. Presumably the whale had a “no heroic measures” waiver or “living will” on file or some such. Speaking strickly from editorial self interest I would think that our local tourism would benefit more from heroic “save the whale resuce effort” than “Offing large brained mammal rapidly”. Leaving the editorial comments behind we are pleased to provide below the breaking news article from JPOCurrents cub reporter Kate Roberts and the full content of her video interview.

Hello, and today I come with a report about a beached sperm whale. According to Erin Fageres, the NOAA person in charge of Endangered Mamals in the Gulf of Mexico, the whale was

“too thin and unable to recover due to suffocation out of water.”

The whale was euthanated at approximately 3pm. When I came back with the camera crew for an interview, I found a whispering crowd. I asked a woman what was going on. They had already killed it. By the time my soft heart was back in the car, I was sobbing my eyes out. If you too think whales should be given chances to recover, write a letter to Dr. Kathryn Sullivan “kathryn.sullivan@noaa.gov”

For coverage in spanish see Kates Work at
http://katerobertsspanishblog.wordpress.com/

KCR JPO Currents Interview Erin noaa

Full Video interview download- www.JohnsPass.org/Identify/SpermWhale/KCRJPOcurrentsInterviewErinFnoaa-154914-31102013.ogg

Editorial follow up: A necroscopy is being performed today. We know how it died (Sherriff) I suppose now we will find out what was wrong and if it could have been saved….

Certainly the animal could have been moved towed or floated at high tide out to deeper water. Perhaps, (probably) lacking medical facilities the animal would have died. Just for the record If I end up emaciated and stuck on Madiera Beach (distinct possibility) I would prefer a chance to rehab. Consider this legal notice.

October 8, 2013
by DPR
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Buckeyes at the Beach

Today was a special day Especially if you’re from Ohio. The beach was full of buckeyes. Conventional wisdom (high falutin Buterfly observation sites) have been rumored to espouse that butterflies seldom frequent the beach. Todays data point was a windy day and hundreds of Buckeys (in groups of two and three) were flying south, Parallel to the beach, often times hundreds of feet from shore (Far as I could see from as far as I could wade on Treasure Island -est 100 feet out and butterflies resolveable at another 100ft) – The pictures below are from the surfline (even these had to be culled from many many shots as the butterflies do not land and pose over the surf)

Buckeye flying low over the surf at the BEACH

Buckeye flying low over the surf at the BEACH

while in general they were about 10 -40 feet high over the surf here is obviously a dare devil of the species….
Buckey photo as if riding the tube surfing

Thinking about the tube man…..

That said It was obviously also mating season for them
Buckeys Mating

Buckeyes mating persuer on bottom persueee on top

and
Buckeyes Mating Persuer Displaying

Buckeyes Mating Persuer Displaying

Buckeyes Mating Persueeee Displaying

September 19, 2013
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Placid and Clear

For the Past three weeks (on and off but mostly on) the water has been very very clear. This happens often enough to be routine and seldom enough to be of note. The water right now is clear enough for diving and playing fish tag, I estimate the visibility at 12 feet or better depending on your eyesight. Right now you can snorkle and see several of our different coral types, a very very large number of different species of fish. Three days ago KCR saw a “Bar head Flat tail” (not common – often because they hide well). We have been able to dive a number of rock formations off of Treasure Island and Maderia Beach which normally do not have sufficient visibilty. As a result during the past couple of weeks we have made good friends with some rather large hermit crabs.

Large but Shy Hermit Crab

Large but Shy Hermit Crab

Of course this time of year there is also a predictable storm between 4 and 6 every evening which often curtails the swimming….

Sky to gulf bolt

Nice Sky to Gulf Bolt “let’s wait on the swimming”

August 21, 2013
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Cheer on the Devil Rays!

Manta Style Ray 8-21-2013-FrontView

Manta Style Ray 8-21-2013 FrontView

From Johns Pass to the midpoint of Treasure Island we saw 6 or 7 groups of 5 to 15 Individual Rays. While seeing groups of Rays patroling the beach is something we get to see once or twice a year, this is the first time in memory (decade?) that the species noted is the Devil Ray, umm Mobulus um…. For Help and Reference From the Folks at Southern Fried Science “Manta Rays Aren’t a thing any more” See more about the Manta / Devil Ray / Mobula discussion. We thought these were GREAT and we were happy to see what we surmise may be groups of young.
Send us feedback on Mobula vs Manta (Not much to go on but we love the attention)

Manta Style Ray 8-21-2013- In-Motion

Manta Style Ray 8-21-2013- In-Motion


In a “faith in my fellow humans” notation. People were interested, respectful and neither in panic, nor trying to catch, the rays as they came up to the beach.. All in all a great nature experience!
Manta Style Ray 8-21-2013-Group of them

Manta Style Ray 8-21-2013-Group of them


Generally the rays would head out to deeper water swim against the tide perhaps 50 yards then come all the way in towards the beach, hit the sand, then swim / fly along the beach in the shallows for a while. Then repeat as appropriate.

Hopefully not prophetic, but the Tampa Bay Devil Rays had their name changed to Rays and went with a wimpy sun ray style image. We like them anyway!