Since there’s an octopus appearance in the new children’s book that I’m working on entitled, Something’s Tugging on My Claw, I thought I’d share this incredible video showing how an octopus is the master of camouflage. Enjoy! (Source: Bang! Oxford’s Graphically Gorgeous Science Magazine)
An interesting article concerning the plight of the horseshoe crab was published in The Atlantic newspaper recently. Although harvesting the blood of horseshoe crabs can have negative effects on the horseshoe crab population, the biomedical need for their blood gives value to their species. Once a synthetic replacement for their copper-based blood has been placed into play, the...
We found this clamshell at Crane Beach in Ipswich this summer when collecting shells for the book, Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea? It looks like two moon snails had their sights set on devouring the same clam, and both raced to see which would drill through the shell first.
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
So excited to learn tonight that our book, Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea? has been named one of five finalist for the 2014 Silver Falchion Award for picture books! We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed as we head out to Nashville!
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
The address below is a link to a very funny story about an author’s first experience with selling books on Amazon.com. Although selling books on Amazon can be profitable when a large quantity of books are ordered at a time, in most cases, Amazon doesn’t like keeping large inventories of books, and orders can come
We had so much fun launching our new book, Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?, at The Gift Horse Bookstore during the Holiday Stroll in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Both children and adults enjoyed interacting with the sea animals, and even adults learned a thing or two they hadn’t known before (including
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
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.
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
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
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
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
We are very excited to learn that The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab book has just reached the Amazon Best Seller Rank of #92 in children’s books about marine life. Thank you so much to everyone who has purchased a book. Enjoy!
Most teachers choose to study marine life in the Springtime, with Summer on it’s way. But did you know that the Fall is an even better time to learn about the fascinating coastal marine life? As educators, we all know how important it is to activate prior knowledge and background information when teaching students. In