Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Calling of the Sea

Tresaith Beach in Wales

If you didn't own a thing...you'd have your thoughts,

Enriched by nature where the Seashore sings,

A lonely Seabird speaks..they seem so few.

Once a Sea of joy "Our happy day's were good",

Of sailing boats and playing in the sand.

The sea-view from our house is small but worth it, every inch!

A taste of salty air brought in along the morning breeze,

On days of storm it's hardly seen for sea-mist blanks it out.

For you have other faces,

A Sea of calm thats still and could be crystal clear,

The treacherous heights that waves will go of endless strengths of hunger.

With rhythmic waves from moon's great pulls...

sends the many tides.

"Oh troubled times for sea creatures"....Alter or be done,

Your home is now unhealthy from shores to out at sea.

A Pirate's sunken ship has laid......where time grew on in microbes,

Centuries have past to have another change,

Where Ships of speed and reckless thought exploit a living Sea,

With many forms of plastic, Oil, chemical run-offs.........the New Seafood,

T's Not their realm.

Sea of Old and so much Wonder...still to be discovered,

We live in hope to put you right,

Now we've heard your Call.

copyright: L.Shaw (@Lynnibinny)

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Learn from those that 'adapt'.

Our teenage Son explains how he 'see's' the 'Portuguese Man-of-war'....."The Borg"...whereby they are of a 'collective intelligence and if any species was 'alien', they most certainly are.

I have to agree with him...to a certain extent "If any one species was to survive, it's these."  And not forgetting the 'Seajellies'.

Portuguese man-of-war  ~  'Siphonophore'  a species made up of a colony of organisms working together.

The floating purply-blue 'plastic-looking bag' drifts on the motion from the sea's currents, as they have no independant separate way to direct themselves (no propulsion.)  And is not an 'it' but a 'they'.  Are four  separate 'polyps' ::: A gas filled bladder or pneumatophores is the upper part, where they can if under threat....deflate their air bags and for a moment submerge out of danger.

It's tentacles are it's second 'organism' and can extend these long, thin tendrills to a massive 165 feet (50 metres) they average around 30 feet (10 metres.)

Muscles in the tentacles draw prey towards a polyp containing gastrozooids or digestive organisms.

The reproductive organism is within the fourth polyp.

The 'Seajellies' venom is totally different from the 'Portuguese man-of-war and must Not have the same medical treatment applied, if stung!

If you are 'stung' by them it wouldn't always be fatel but extremely painful.  Never touch a dead, washed-up one, as they can still give out a 'sting'!

Each 'zooid' is so specialised that one aloan couldn't survive, only as a group.  Perhaps long ago evolution processes altered it's biological DNA.  We are moving into another time of 'change', change of weather patterns, Co2 emissions causing a dramatic alteration in the Sea's chemistry.

Prolonged association between two or more different organisms is called a 'Symbiosis'.

Natural selection is the only known cause of adaptation, those that can 'move-on' and those that can't 'die'.

However changeable species can be, we most certainly can learn from them.

Whereas, 'Seajellies' swim all the time.  Their bodies are composed of over 95% water and have been around for possibly 700 million years, making them the oldest multi-organ animal.


Friday, 5 April 2013


Looking north from Ceibwr Bay ~ Pembrokeshire

                   This little Cove has been used for many film productions...certainly gives the feel of a  'Smuggler's Cove'.

Looking South ~ where I notice a plastic bag caught on the rocks, to left.

Interesting Rock formations, Caves and where the Seals are best spotted in Autumn.

Ceredigion (Cardigan Town)  ~ showing a snippet of restoration to it's Castle, on right.

River Teifi ~ Cardigan Town.

Heading out of Cardigan towards Poppit Sands.

The Geese along the way to Poppit Sands.

Carew Castle ~ Pembrokeshire.
Originally a Norman stronghold, shows many structrual modifications, one being the Tudor window frames.

Laugharne Castle ~ Carmarthenshire.

Dylan Thomas the poet's haunts.

Newport Beach ~ Pembrokeshire.

& looking further around the coast where the waves were fierce.

As the evening moves in..different lights play a magical moment along the estuary in Newport going home., where the 

Heron's meet.

Parrog, Newport where the Boat Club enthusiates meet.

Opposite Carningli mountain is the Bay  (Newport)

& here is Carningli where the Wild Ponies live, over-looking the Sea.  Carningli meaning (The Mountain of Angels.)

Pentre Ifan looking across to the Sea. ( A burial chamber ~ dates back to about 3.500BC.)

Walking into Saundersfoot.

Along the stretch of sand is where a Woodland meets the Sea.