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Capt Lou's Nautical News 5/17/15

RED TIDE WARNING
Scientists are forecasting New England’s spring and summer red tides to be similar to those of the past three years. The red tide forecast is funded by NOAA and issued by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and North Carolina State University. Red tide produces a toxin that can lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning, which can result in serious or even fatal illness in humans who eat contaminated shellfish. In 2005, an unusually large red tide event caused $23 million in lost shellfish sales in Massachusetts and Maine.

LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS - NEW INLET BELL BUOY
In the most recent Local Notice to Mariners, the Coast Guard is considering eliminating the New Inlet Bell Buoy NI. Interested mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to May 29th. When responding to this proposal, please include size and type of vessel, recreational or commercial, and distance from aid that you start looking for it, and how you use the signal. Emails can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil or phone faxes to (617) 223-8291.

KAYAKER SAVED IN MARSHFIELD
This past week a kayaker was pulled out of the South River after his kayak tipped over. Fortunately, a homeowner spotted the man floating in the river and called police. Scituate and Marshfield first responders arrived on scene. The man appeared to be suffering from hypothermia, so he was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

RIGHT WHALES LEAVE CAPE COD BAY
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has lifted the advisory issued a few weeks ago about the presence of right whales in Cape Cod Bay. The Division of Marine Fisheries had urged all mariners to avoid right whales and to reduce speeds to 10 knots when operating in the bay to prevent vessel collision and entanglements. Back then there were about 82 right whales feeding in the bay. However, an aerial survey of Cape Cod Bay on May 15th found no more right whales. It appears that the right whales have moved on to other habitats.

COAST GUARD RELEASES 2014 BOATING STATISTICS
The Coast Guard released its 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics and they showed that there were 610 boating fatalities for the year, the second lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record. The previous year 2013 set the record with 560 fatalities. So although 2014 fatalities showed an 8% increase when compared to the record low year of 2013, 2012 to 2014 collectively set record lows for accidents, deaths and injuries. The Coast Guard credits these low numbers to better boating education efforts and Operation Dry Water which promotes wearing a life jacket. By the way, the report also showed that alcohol was the leading contributing factor in the fatal boating accidents. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, and excessive speed also played a role in the boating accidents. The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water: wear a life jacket; take a boating safety course; get a free vessel safety check; and avoid alcohol or other impairing substance consumption.

VOLVO OCEAN RACERS LEAVES NEWPORT
The opening weekend of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover in Rhode Island — the race’s only U.S. stop — attracted nearly 29,000 visitors to the race village at Fort Adams State Park and a total of more than 100,000 people since opening day. These numbers were beyond anyone's expectations. A large crowd is now expected today at 2PM to watch the boats depart for the start of Leg 7. Next stop, Lisbon, Portugal.

FIRST WARM BLOODED FISH DISCOVERED
Scientists claim that opahs are the world's first warm blooded fish known to man. It is a deepwater fish that lives in very cold water. Tuna and certain sharks can warm specific regions of their body such as their swimming muscles, their brain, or their eyes while swimming in frigid water, but they must return to the surface to protect other vital organs such as their heart. The opah though circulates its blood throughout its body generating heat just like warm-blooded mammals. Their body temperature stays the same no matter how cold the water is where they swim. Because opahs don't need to return to surface waters to warm up, they are fierce predators, able to stay deep near their slower moving food source. An opah can weigh up to 200 pounds and is about the size of a car tire with an oval body shape. They are found in oceans worldwide and because of their shape, some people call them moon fish.

COSTA CONCORDIA READY FOR DISMANTLING
The cruise ship Costa Concordia arrived at its final destination and is ready for dismantling. The job is expected to take more than a year and cost $114 million. About 50,000 tons of steel and 2,000 tons of copper are expected to be recovered from the vessel. More than 5,700 tons of furniture and interior equipment have already been removed so the wreck could be towed over the breakwater to reach the dismantling dock. About 80 percent of the vessel is expected to be recyclable.

SAILOR FINDS SEA LION PUP SLEEPING ON BOAT
And last on today's nautical news, a man in his sailboat found a surprise stowaway on his boat. Michael Duffy said he was asleep inside his boat when he woke up and heard what sounded like snoring and sneezing. He looked around and did not see anything, so he went back to sleep. Nearly four hours later, he was awakened again by the snoring and to his surprise he found a female sea lion pup curled up on a bunk like a dog inside his boat. In fact it reminded him so much of his previous dog, it was almost love at first sight. He immediately barked some commands to the sea lion, to coax it back into the water. As the sea lion obeyed, he recorded the whole event on his smart phone
because nobody would ever believe his story. The sea lion eventually made its way back into the water, but he is sort of hoping it returns.

CELEBRATING 23 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"
Listen to the live broadcast of "Nautical Talk Radio" with Capt Lou and crew, Sunday mornings from 11 - 12 noon (Boston time) on radio station 95.9FM WATD, Marshfield, and streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You can also listen to a replay of the most recent show anytime during the week at www.NauticalTalk.com.

* Winner of Mass/Rhode Island Associated Press "BEST TALK SHOW"
* Winner of Boston's Achievement In Radio "BEST INTERVIEW" AWARD
* Recipient of American Lighthouse Foundation's "LEN HADLEY AWARD"
* Recipient of Coast Guard's Joshua James Lifesaving Medal for public
service
* Nominated Boston's A.I.R. "BEST PRODUCED PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM"
* Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
* Member of South Shore Harbormaster Association
* Member of Quincy Bay Race Week Association
* Member of Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
* Member of Boat Writers International
* Life Member of Mass Striped Bass Association
* Life Member and Past Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club

 

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* Winner of Mass/Rhode Island Associated Press "BEST TALK SHOW"
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Recipient of Coast Guard's Joshua James Lifesaving Medal for public service
* Recipient of American Lighthouse Foundation's "LEN HADLEY AWARD"
* Winner of Boston's Achievement In Radio "BEST INTERVIEW" AWARD
* Nominated Boston's A.I.R. "BEST PRODUCED PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM"
* Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
* Member of South Shore Harbormaster Association
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Member of Quincy Bay Race Week Association
* Member of Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
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Member of Boat Writers International
* Life Member of Mass Striped Bass Association
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Life Member and Past Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club

"CELEBRATING 23 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"


Listen to the live broadcast of "Nautical Talk Radio" with Capt Lou and crew, Sunday mornings from 11 - 12 noon (Boston time) on radio station 95.9FM WATD, Marshfield, and streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You can also listen to a replay of the most recent show anytime during the week at www.nauticaltalk.com.

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