Hope you are well and having a good summer.
I was hoping that you could help me spread some public awareness?
I used to be a Volunteer for the Marine Animal Rescue team at the New EnglandAquarium….
But unfortunately due to Federal cuts Cape Ann is no longer under the Aquarium’s jurisdiction….
It’s seal season right now….the time when baby seals are learning how to survive on their own….and you will frequently find them resting on beaches.
Yesterday I was on GHB and had to physically get in the way to stop a man from carrying a baby seal pup off of the island in a tarp.
This was so dangerous for this baby seal….because the very people who think they are helping are actually hurting or even killing the seal.
Stressing out a seal by picking it up or touching it or getting too close to it can make the seal very sick and can even kill it. Also getting too close to seals can be harmful to humans and dogs!!! Seals carry many diseases (Seal finger, influenza, distemper and more!!!) that can make you, your kids and your dog sick!!
A lot of people think if they see a seal on the beach that it’s sick….but this isn’t the case.
This is directly from the NEAQ’s webpage:
Seals belong on the beach. It’s normal. Please don’t disturb them. Unlike whales or dolphins, seals are semi-aquatic and are comfortable out of the water. Most seals come onto beaches to sleep, nurse or soak up some sun.
What should you do if you spot a seal on the beach?
Seals are cute, but they are wild animals and should not be disturbed. By getting too close, you could upset the seal or possibly get bitten.
Watch quietly from at least 150 feet away.
Keep dogs away from the seal.
Do not offer the seal food or water.
Do not pour water on the seal or try to cover it with a towel or blanket.
Do not try to make the seal move.
Does the seal look injured or unhealthy?
Most seals on the beach are perfectly healthy, but sometimes they do need human assistance. Does the seal have any obvious injuries, gunky eyes, or look skinny or underweight? If the seal does, please take notes on its location, size, coloring and behavior and call the New England Aquarium’s Marine Animal Hotline at (617) 973-5247. Cape Ann is no longer under the NEAQ’s jurisdiction but they can give you the number of the proper wildlife agency to call.
All marine mammals are federally protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This law makes it a Federal Crime to touch, disturb, feed or otherwise harass marine mammals without authorization.
Please help me spread the word to help inform & educate the public about this.
Thank you & have a great summer!
Hey Cap’t Joe, another update…Boston Globe calls Method 15/33 “Riveting” and I sold the movie rights for full feature film to Production company named Next Wednesday. Here’s the Globe review…
Hope you’re doing well!!
July Gloucester History Sharing Program
Come see images of old Gloucester and share your own memories during these monthly presentations presented by Beth Welin at the Rose Baker Senior Center. On Monday, July 27, 10am, the program will be “ Ghosts of Vincent Cove: The Shipbuilders and their Vessels.” Sponsored by the Phyllis A Marine Association and supported by the Awesome Gloucester Foundation. For more information go to the Phyllis A Marine Association website at www.phyllis-a.org.
This Friday at 7pm, our good friend Julie Upton will be making a public presentation entitled, “In the Footsteps of the Buddha”
Julie has traveled northern India and Nepal extensively over the past few years and has created a tour that highlights the four sacred places of the Buddha’s life: where he was born, reached awakening, taught for the first time, and died. She’s going to give an oral and photographic journey of what it’s like to visit those places. Everyone is welcome. Wisdom’s Heart, 2 Duncan St., Gloucester wisdomsheart.org
Poet Charles Giuliano at Annisquam Village Library August 27
The poet, Charles Giuliano, spent the summers of his youth in Annisquam.
On Thursday, August 27, at 7:30 PM he will return to his roots with a reception and reading from Shards of a Life at the Annisquam Village Library at 354 Leonard Street, rear.
The book of verse, which is available through Amazon, contains a number of poems related to growing up in Annisquam.
A second book Total Gonzo Poems which will be published this fall contains a chapter The Nugents of Rockport. On his mother’s side, Dr. Josephine Flynn, his Irish ancestors are an important part of Cape Ann History.
In 1875 Patrick and Mary Nugent, Irish immigrants, leased the 32 acre Beaver Dam Farm in Rockport from the Babson family. They raised 13 children of which three died tragically in 1913.
When Mary died in 1927 the farm was abandoned and later torched by local kids. All that survives is the stone kitchen from 1658. George Nugent bought land up the road on which is now located Nugent Farms a condominium complex. For a time George Nugent was the Boss Tweed of Gloucester politics.
There will also be a reading of selections of Nugent poems from the soon to be published book.
Now retired from teaching art history and running the gallery program for Suffolk University/ New England School of Art and Design Giuliano has an extensive career as a curator and critic. He also taught at Boston University, U. Mass Lowell and other colleges.
In 1970 he coined the word Gonzo which he was the first to publish in a July 3, review of Ten Years After at Harvard Stadium. At the time he was the rock critic for the daily Boston Herald Traveler. Giuliano is the only surviving original gonzo journalist. That legacy is the focus of his second book.
In addition to the Herald Traveler he was a columnist and editor of Art New England, contributor to Art News, the daily Patriot Ledger, Boston After Dark/ Phoenix and numerous publications.
Currently he lives in the Berkshires where he and his wife Astrid Hiemer publish and edit the on line digital magazine Berkshire Fine Arts.
The Cape Ann Contra Dance Summer Series kicks off on Saturday, July 18
at the Magnolia Library Community Center, 1 Lexington Avenue, Gloucester, MA at 8:00 PM.
Live music and dance instruction are provided by the Cape Ann Contra Dance House Band. Sit-in musicians are also welcome.
There is a requested donation of $10 per dancer/sit-in, dancers/sit-ins younger than 16 are free.
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Cape Ann Contra Dances are organized and produced by Folk Life Studio.
The Summer Series will continue, same time and place, on Saturday, August 8 and Friday, August 21.
For further information visit https://www.facebook.com/CapeAnnContraDance