Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Thaw

It's back. The warm and sunny weather that makes this place Paradise. Some people rejoiced in the reprieve of cool weather. But for local marine life, the temporary frost meant a major hit to its population. The Tampa Bay waters so infrequently reach these low temps, that many fish were frozen in a stupor, swimming erratically, or ultimately killed. The thaw finally came this weekend, and so many dead fish came floating to the surface, it looked like a fish cemetery. The high tides brought some of the fish up and over the seawall and into our backyard...

At first I wondered how Mother Nature could be so cruel. What was Pacha Mama's reason for all these deaths? I felt sadness (and ickyness) as the stench reached my nostrils. But then I thought of the fish who were suffering in the cold, and realized they were no longer suffering...

3 comments:

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I went for a walk on the ocean this am...saw probably 10-15 moray eels washed up...some close to three feet. long. Sad

J - Pacha Mama said...

A Native American Proverb says, "We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth." Believing this takes away some of the sadness from all the death that has washed up along our shores...

Brandi said...

So sad about the marine life. :(

By the way, thanks for the comment about Dominican Republic and Costa Rice. If you have time, I'd love to hear about where you stayed? If you have a chance, I'm at southernmojo (at) gmail (dot) com. :-)

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