month we highlight Abaco's environment through pictures in our E-news
letters. Below is a year in review of the people and wildlife that make
our work so important. If you have photos you would like us to feature
please email us!
A Facebook Record Breaker!
This post received over 7,500 likes!!! See what the Facebook post was all about!
Top Predators Eating Lionfish
Nassau grouper have been documented to eat lionfish. This
particular instance happened in Abaco last year. This is only one of the
reasons why the closed season for Nassau grouper is so important.
Remember, fishing for Nassau grouper is CLOSED each year from December
1st to February 28th.
were observed congregating in harbours and other protected areas around
Abaco in the winter months of 2017. This species is most often seen in
the open ocean, so it is possible they ended up inshore by mistake.
Here's a photo of thick-billed vireos nesting in Elbow Cay. Photo courtesy of Lory Kenyon.
Investigating Mangrove Health
North Carolina State PhD student Ryann Rossi stopped in Marnie's
Creek, Elbow Cay to take a closer look at some mangroves as part of her
study investigating the mangrove die-off in Abaco.
Killer Whale in Abaco!!!!
Killer whale sightings in The Bahamas are rare, so when they do
happen they get a lot of attention - as Craig Cephas from Grand Cay
found out! (His video had over 27,000 views on Facebook). A calf was reportedly seen with this whale even though it is not in the video.
The first known record of a killer whale in The Bahamas was
found in the log of a 1913 whaling ship, while the first photographs
came from an animal that stranded in Man-O-War Cay in the 1960's. Since
then there have been reports from across the country, and between the
months of April to November, with more sightings reported in the summer.
These killer whales (known as transients) have been observed eating
other marine mammals, though they may also be targeting pelagic fish
when they are bountiful. More research is needed to better understand
their population dynamics and movement patterns.
This green turtle hatchling was lucky enough to be born in Abaco this summer! Watch it make it to the ocean!
What a Difference a Day Makes
only one day apart, these two photos demonstrate just how dynamic our
beaches are. Weather, tides, and ocean currents all play a part in
shifting our sands. Most of the time when sand "disappears" we can count
on it to return eventually. Unfortunately, human infrastructure and
development practices can disrupt this natural cycle. To make amends, we
should do our best to limit human impact on the coast and to help
repair damaged areas by planting native vegetation. Fall is a good time
to come up with a plan for doing restoration projects at your property.
Tropical weather is winding down, and there are several months ahead to
plant and allow the new vegetation to take root before the next
hurricane season starts.
Photos: Olivia Maura
Weather is a big part of our environment, so we take notice when something unusual happens. We snapped some photos of these mammatus clouds at sunset on Thanksgiving Day. Have you ever seen this type of cloud in Abaco before? We haven't!
Named for their udder-like shapes, mammatus clouds are formed
when moist air (as from a cloud full of rain) sinks into dry air. They
are often associated with thunderstorms, but may not necessarily mean
that severe weather is approaching.