A Rare Blue Lobster Inspires a New Illustrated Children’s Book

A Rare Blue Lobster Inspires a New Illustrated Children’s Book

Our newest addition to our live sea animal program is a beautiful, cobalt blue lobster. According to Catherine Ellis of Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium, “blue American lobsters occur one in every three million lobsters.” A blue lobster’s coloring is the result of a genetic defect, where the lobster produces a protein in excess that wraps around

A Cleverly Animated Green Crab Story

A Cleverly Animated Green Crab Story

The link below is a cleverly animated piece about the arrival of green crabs to the Maine coast, and the challenges their growing population is causing. Although green crabs are causing a lot of trouble for the hardworking men and women who are employed in the clamming industry in Maine, I must say that my

A Moon Snail’s Radula

A Moon Snail’s Radula

After feeding my sea animals today, I noticed a moon snail crawling out of the sand and up the side of its home. When I placed a piece of clam near it, I was able to see its radula, which is a tongue-like structure with small white teeth that’s capable of scraping a hole right

So Much Fun at Blue River Montessori

So Much Fun at Blue River Montessori

I love to visit schools and teach students about the sea animals they can easily find at the beach, then watch as they explore each animal armed with new information that increases their understanding and awareness of these fascinating sea creatures.

Hermit Crabs Living in Glass Houses

Hermit Crabs Living in Glass Houses

Artist/designer Robert DuGrenier from Vermont has designed and created hand blown glass shells that are so life-like, hermit crabs are crawling inside and using them as their homes. This gives us a wonderful view of how hermit crabs look inside their shells. Scientist in New Zealand are using glass shells to help study hermit crabs. It

Great Turnout for the November Author Signing Event

Great Turnout for the November Author Signing Event

A good crowd of people came out to hear a group of nine very different authors speak about their books and the publishing process. It was great fun getting a chance to talk about “Perfection To A Fault: A Small Murder in Ossipee, New Hampshire” again. My focus has been on marine life and horseshoe

Meet the 1st Sea Animals of the New Season

Meet the 1st Sea Animals of the New Season

Moon snails are excited to be the first animals collected for the 2012-2013 school year. They’re busy checking out their new home, and making acquaintances that will become year-long friends. It’s amazing watching them glide majestically and at great speeds across the sand, avoiding each other’s foot and changing direction when they’re in danger of

Best Time To Collect Sea Animals on the Tidal Flats

Best Time To Collect Sea Animals on the Tidal Flats

The best time to search for sea animals at the tidal flats is, of course, at low tide, when the ocean’s water is shallow and has slipped away from the shore. However, if you wait for a spring tide, when the Moon is either full or new, the low tide will be extremely low, uncovering