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In Port Aransas Texas there is a Marine Science Institute along the south jetty of the huge ship channel where all the native and foreign ships 'slip' through on their way to the Corpus Christi Harbor and Port of Call. The MSI also has for anyone wanting to visit [they hold tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays]...an area set aside for learning. The 3.5 acres shares a wonderful array of learning about the land surrounding South Texas and the sea life and the sea birds...the environment. The area is called Wetlands Education Center. And on Wednesday of this week, Bud and I drove to Port A [commonly called by the locals], to go birding at our usual spots...Paradise Pond, The Leona Turnbill Nature Preserve and the new section that will eventually tie up with the older section of Charlie's Pasture. All in all, several miles of walking if you go to all places. We arrived and first stopped at Paradise Pond [which in the past has been emptied of water to rid the area of an invasive tree that is not native to the area but is now being slowly refilled].  We didn't see too many birds...except for an Eastern Phoebe, several Nashville Warblers, one lone Great Blue Heron that flew in while we were busy watching other birds...the Heron immediately started feeding on the humongous dragon flies....feasting if you will!! I heard a cardinal but never did spot it. We left the area to go to the Wetlands new area for shore bird birders. And we walked the path that meanders in and around the vegetation...ending up at the man made marsh pond. There, we spotted Brown Pelicans, seagulls, a couple of cormorants and again, one lone Great Blue Heron. Also in this area, there is a museum of sea life and science research. The building holds a few pieces of different skeletal remains of those which have been found while fisherman snag them or sometimes dredging the channel or in any oceanography area around the world...

Great Whale Vertebra - Alaska

Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin skeleton [PICTURE LINK]




Lower Jaw Bone of a Whale

SKULL of a Sei Whale [pronounced SAY whale]


Known as Windows to the Sea - visitors will gain an understanding and appreciation for the role each facet of a wetland plays in supporting and maintaining the productivity of the coastal zone. Preservation of coastal wetlands and estuaries is vital to the health of area bays and the Gulf of Mexico. The grasses and shallow waters dissipate storm surges and prevent erosion, acting as natural buffers between land and sea. On the property of the Science Institute you will also find ARK [Ark being an acronym for Animal Rehabilitation Keep -- I like the subliminal meaning of this associated with Noah's Ark and the animals two by two]. Anyway, as Bud and I walked the walkways to view the informative signages and watch a huge ship come in behind us on the channel, we then finished our trip around the complex by stopping at the marsh and then viewing a caged hawk that was in rehab.



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32 comments :

  1. What an interesting place to visit. I cannot believe the size of those whale skeletons - I mean that vertebrae is HUGE! A friend of ours goes diving regularly, and the last time he went diving off our North Coast, he got to swim pretty close to a Whale shark, which I believe was massive, and very gently. The divers were not allowed to touch it at all, but he said they got so close to it, that he could have! What an amazing experience, although I can't say I would be brave enough to do it! Have a lovely week-end!

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    1. Even tho I don't swim...that WOULD be a thrill of a lifetime.

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  2. Wow! It's hard to take in the size of those bones! Looks like an interesting place to visit.

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    1. ...it IS interesting, and such a view from the area out to sea.

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  3. I vaguely remember something like this growing up in California, spending a summer camp there. Maybe they can offer a camp in the future, I think kids spending time learning about nature helps grow the soul.

    By the way, thank for thinking Shen is cute... he really is!

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    1. ...well, I think it's more for ANY age myself. Tho, I've been told I'm a kid at heart. Except for camping. LOL My idea of roughing it is going into a hotel withOUT a reservation. And yes --- your Shen is so adorable.

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  4. That was fascinating ... thanks for taking us along.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it Kathy

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  5. Thanks for sharing your museum visit, the whale bone is amazing. Great shots! Have a wonderful week, Anni!

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    1. ...the photos just really don't do justice to the size.

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  6. Those are some massive bones! Looks like a very interesting place!

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    1. ...it is. And again, thanks for hosting CC Misty. And taking time to stop by to visit with me today.

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  7. Oh it's an interesting place. I haven't been to a museum other than the usual. Oh but only to a museum of natural history, with all kinds of small creatures!

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    1. Museums of natural history are fantastic also.

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  8. Really neat photos Anni. I will be signing up for Bird D'Pot later in the day. I am meeting up with friends in a little while and will be back around 8.00 p.m.

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    1. ...any time Denise. Thanks.

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  9. really neat skeletons.

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    1. ...they place was quite interesting.

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  10. What a lovely place to visit.

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    1. it's great.....and I still marvel at your photos you posted this weekend!!

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  11. Fascinating marine display!

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  12. Anni that looks like am amazing place to take pictures. Birds, boats, and museums...how can you go wrong?? And the weather was good for you I see. Why was the hawk in rehab?

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    1. I did not find out why it was in rehab. Sorry. Oh yes, the weather is finally GOOD.

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  13. what a cool place to visit. Holy smokes those are some big bones.

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    1. ...they are huge to be sure.

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  14. Now that's a place I'd love to visit! It's when you see some of the bones up close of a whale that you realize just how huge these creatures are!! At our Science North center, they have a full skeleton of a whale hanging from the ceiling and it takes up two huge rooms. Sounds like you & Bud had a very interesting day and if I lived closer, I'd love to go birding with you guys:-) xoxo

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    1. ....if you ever get this far south, you're invited to come with us.

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  15. I would so love to visit a place like this someday! It must be a very fun place for the kids as well.
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    1. ...if a child is interested in something like this, then it would be good for them.

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