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By the Sea Shore...In the Parks

South Texas is full of odd critters and cute critters, and mysterious critters. Here is a collection from my photo albums of days gone by...all critters of Texas; here in the Coastal Bend:

Sometimes, they're what I see along the many walking trails, water channels, along the beaches, and parks within a 30 mile radius from home....



Javelinas [pronounced Ha vah LEE nahs]



Mexican Ground Squirrel


Starfish and Sand Dollar


Fox Squirrel


Turtle...a Turtle MOUND.  lol


Blue Crab


The other day, when walking along the Naval Air Station highway, along the shoreline of both sides of the bay, I spotted a really FLAT shell, with some very gawdy-looking slime!  I hafta be honest, I was curious...the shell was black.  But the 'meat inside the shell' looked like the kind of artificial crab meat you can purchase at the grocery store, but slimy!!  I went "yuk" and kept on walking.  After i was finished with my walk, and back in the car heading home, I got to thinking "I bet that was a mussel!!  Ewww...and people eat that"?  When I got home, I got on Google, and sure 'nough it was a mussel.  Dang.  I didn't take a photo of it.  Now I wish I had.  Has anyone eaten mussels?


Does it taste like Chicken?

32 comments :

  1. Never eaten Mussel and probably never will. I'm quite familiar with the Hav a lee nahs being a born and bred south Texan.

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    1. We used to see many in AZ too.

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  2. I don't eat shellfish of any kind so don't know about the mussel.. uck is what I think, the javelinas are my favorite, I love all your wildlife pics.. we have wild pigs here but not sure if they are javelinas. they tear up the ground really bad out at the flying field where bob flies planes. the ones here are edible and people do but not me...sweet Mexican squirrel is new to me also

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    1. Shrimp, I eat. But I can't stomach any other seafood. Fish? Just salmon & trout.

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  3. NO, never eaten a mussel and I don't plan on ever trying them. Neighbors had oysters one time that I tried and I thought those were disgusting. I like fish, shrimp and lobster but beyond that nope, not gonna do it.

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    1. Oysters is like eating snot!!

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  4. Hello, great variety of critters and photos. I like the turtles and the Javelina. My son loves mussels and everyone in Maryland loves their steamed crabs. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  5. The Javelinas sort of look like Wild Boar. I was coming back from Germany one time with my dog Anneliese, and her official color is "Wild Boar". Which I wrote on the Customs form under color. Well when they demanded to see what was in the bag, the Agent took three steps back when I opened the bag! Imagine their shock and the hilarity, when they saw an 18 pound wire-haired dachshund, with the sweetest face ever!

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    1. Oh that would've been a hoot!

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  6. Only once Mussels ..sick for a week..... Lobster is fine.... Fine looking critter pics.. Some I had never seen before....
    We are in for a hot one this week! First burst of real heat here in the East... I think you are in for it too... :)

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    1. The whole of usa (except for WA & OR) are in for it this coming week! We're used to triple digits (had 'em for weeks already).

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  7. Nice post!!!! Peter, Paul and Mary sang a lovely song, "All God's Critters...." Wonderful poetry in those lyrics.

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    1. I used to know so many songs of 'our era', but have forgotten so many...will have to go to you tube.

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  8. Oh, I have eaten mussels and I love them. We don't have javelinas in Oklahoma but we have lots of feral hogs and they are spreading fast. I remember javelinas when I lived in Arizona as a kid.

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    1. You can definitely have my share!

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  9. Those Javelinas are unusual! I've never heard of them.
    No mussels for me!

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  10. I have never seen a javelina before, even in pictures. And that turtle mound is really something! Thanks for the smiles, Anni. :-)

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  11. I wouldn't eat a mussel if that was all that served. Can't stomach that.

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  12. Squirrels can be so cute. I haven't seen one at our cabin for a few years, but we have three chipmunks hanging around to keep us company and steal the birdseed and suet. They are too hard to get mad at. I just put out more for all to share. - Margy

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  13. Did you know that everything tastes like chicken? Even KFC.

    God bless.

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  14. I don't think I would eat a mussel, periwinkle or snail unless it was a survival situation, that's for sure! :-) A lot of people think javelina are a type of pig, but of course I learned when in Tucson they are not. So cute, and yet so irritable and destructive! :-)

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    1. Me either on the 'edibles'!

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  15. I have eaten mussels from the Oregon coast and they are good (like clams)... but a lot of work. The only reason I wouldn't eat them is because I'm a lazy cook. You don't see them on menus very often because they're hard to get, have to be pried off the wet cliffs. Always love seeing all your critters, land, sea and air.

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    1. You're much more brave than I am. I wouldn't get those mussels within 5 feet of MY mouth.

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  16. Javelinas. Have never seen one nor know of such animal till highlighted here. Checked with Mr G , it mention that its something like a pig. Interesting. Learn something from you today :) Thanks

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    1. Well then, I'm glad you stopped by today to see the javelina.

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