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Altamaha Sound, Georgia

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I am happy to report that we are paddling along the Georgia coast now. We experienced several days of kayaking on the outside of the barrier islands. It was fun to paddle in a bit of swell and watch the waves crashing into the beach. Pelicans put on quite a show, dive-bombing fish and then gulping them up. We have noticed sea jellies washed up on several beaches. The photo below is the largest one we found. Although it was partially dried, we were able to identify it as a Moon Jelly. They are quite common around here. They get their name because of their translucent, moon-shaped bells. They can reach up to 15 inches in diameter. They don’t have long tentacles, just a fine fringe on the bell. Did you know that sea turtles like to eat sea jellies? Sea jellies are related to anemones and coral. There are more than 2,000 species of sea jellies in the world.1_28_13jelly Some sea jellies can still sting even after they have died, so if you see a sea jelly on the beach be careful and don’t touch it unless you are certain about what kind it is and that it won’t sting you.

 

Distance Traveled: 20 miles by kayak

Animals Seen:

10 Brown Pelicans

15 American White Pelicans

4 American Oystercatchers

7 Wood Storks

2 Great Blue Herons

5 terns

1 mink

20 cormorants

8 Bottlenose Dolphins

2 Greater Yellowlegs

50 Sanderlings

6 Buffleheads

1 Osprey

12 Willets

30 gulls

1 Snowy Egret

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