Nautical News: For the week of June 10th, 2012

SEAWEED PILES UP ON NEW ENGLAND BEACHES

The recent n’oreaster with its extreme astronomically high tides deposited tons of sea weed on beaches in Massachusetts and Maine. Locally, the Town of Hull said it would hire a private contractor to remove the sea weed that is piled 3 – 4 feet high on parts of Nantasket Beach. If not removed, the sea weed brings flies and a bad odor as it dries in the sun. The downpours that flooded streets caused major beaches like Wollaston beach to close because of high bacteria levels. We are now told that Wollaston Beach has re-opened to swimmers.


RARE 6 FOOT LONG STURGEON CAUGHT ON NORTH RIVER

Four women between the ages of 19 and 23 noticed a large object bobbing in and out of the water in front of them while canoeing in the North River. They soon realized that it was a 6 foot long fish that looked like it was it dying, but they had no idea what kind of fish it was so they decided to get it in their canoe and bring to back to shore. To everyone’s amazement, the 75 pound fish was identified as a rare endangered sturgeon. A sturgeon hadn’t been seen in the river in decades according to state officials, but before the 1800s, the sturgeon was a very common fish in the North River and in the rest of New England’s waters. They could grow to 14 feet in length and weigh up to 800 pounds.


SCITUATE FISHERMEN SELL FISH DIRECT TO PUBLIC

Three commercial fishermen from Scituate have started a new nonprofit group called South Shore Seafood Exchange Inc. Their business plan is to sell fresh fish directly to the consumer, eliminating the middle man, the processor, and the supermarket. Consumers are being offered up to two pounds of fillets a week for 10 weeks at a price of $250. The types of fish sold will vary, but will include haddock, cod, and flounder when available. If the group is successful, they hope to expand their business to other ports like Marshfield and Plymouth.


CRUISE SHIP STOPS TO RESCUE 4 MEN ADRIFT IN RAFT

The Disney Fantasy cruise ship rescued four men adrift on a small raft near Key West, Florida. The four are believed to be Cuban migrants, trying to escape Cuba and enter the United States. The ship provided them with food, water, and medical attention as it headed from Port Canaveral, Florida to Grand Cayman. The rescue by the Disney Fantasy follows recent claims that a ship operated by Princess Cruise Lines failed to stop for three Panamanian fishermen adrift at sea, despite passengers alerting crew to their plight.


BOY ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN HEAD WITH SPEAR GUN

A 16 year old boy is recovering in a Miami hospital after a spearfishing gun was reportedly fired accidentally into his forehead by his 15 year old friend who was playing with the gun. TV news footage showed the boy on a stretcher with the long, thin fishing spear sticking out of his forehead. An EMT was unable to confirm that the victim was conscious during transport, but did say that one of the paramedics appeared to be smiling and talking with the teen. Police said no charges are expected to be filed.


MAN GETS PROSTHETIC LEG BACK AFTER LOSING IT SWIMMING

And last on today’s nautical news, a man who lost his $30,000 prosthetic leg while jumping off his boat to go swimming Memorial Day weekend plans to get it back tomorrow thanks to a Florida shrimp boat captain. The fisherman who caught the prosthetic leg in his net thought at first he had caught a body when he saw a foot. Then he realized that the foot was part of a prosthetic limb. Because the prosthetic leg had the logo, motto, and wildcat mascot from the University of Kentucky airbrushed on it, the man who lost it was able to identify it when he saw it on the local TV news. The man said he played for the University of Kentucky football team in the 80s and lost his natural leg in a work-related accident in 2007.


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