|First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod Bay welcomes Spring visitors|
A female lobster is called a hen.
A lobster that weighs about one pound is called a chicken.
A lobster with no claws is called a pistol.
A lobster's brain is the size of a grasshopper and they are sometimes referred to as "bugs of the sea".
Research suggests that lobsters keep growing forever, but scientists won't be able to tell how long they really live because traps aren't designed to catch the largest ones.
Lobsters can regenerate lost limbs, but it will take a good five years for a one-pound lobster to grow a claw that's close to the same size of the one that was lost.
Lobsters taste with their legs and chew with their stomachs.
A lobster claw can exert pressure of up to 100 pounds per square inch. Ouch!
Lobsters are banded because when they're crowded, they become cannibalistic.
Lobsters only turn red after they're cooked. They're mostly green, although occasionally a rare blue one is caught.
Lobster meat is actually a healthy source or protein and omega 3 fatty acids, if you don't overdo it on the butter.
Lobsters were once so plentiful, they were served to prisoners and servants and they make excellent fertilizer.
The record holder for consuming lobsters is Sonya Thomas, who ate 44 of them in 12 minutes at a contest in Kennebunkport, Maine.
You can actually hypnotize a lobster by standing it on its head with it's tail turned inward and rubbing up and down on the carapace [upper shell] and between its eyes. Eventually, it might stand by itself, but no one really knows why you'd want to do this. And, on that note, ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY LOBSTER!
If April was all about nature reawakening, May on Cape Cod is all about Memorial Day, the beginning of High Season. In May, you are just as likely to be driving behind a boat as a car. Or, if it's a car, there's a good chance there will be a surfboard or 3 bicycles dangling from it. The Department of Transportation has been racing to finish repaving the main road after 2 years of digging it up to install water pipes for a new town water system. Fresh, white stripes will finally replace the orange-striped barrels that residents have been dodging all Spring.
|Spring on Fort Hill in the National Seashore|
And giving equal time to a story with Major Desirable Ripple-Effect, I'd like to tell you about Sarah Swain, the founder of The Cape Wellness Collaborative, which is funded by her Cape Cod Women's Music Festival. A lot could be written, and indeed has already been written about this amazing woman, but here's the incredible short story: Sarah is a very talented local musician, whose mother died at an early age from cancer. In her honor, Sarah founded an organization on Cape Cod to help cancer patients pay for integrative therapies, which are not covered by insurance, to manage pain, nausea and anxiety, and to increase well-being during their illness. The collaborative refers to what seems like an endless list of local practitioners for an equally impressive list of therapies to make the cancer patient's road to recovery a little less bumpy. Approximately 1400 people are diagnosed with cancer each year on Cape Cod. In this organization's first 18 months, it was able to distribute over $65,000 in wellness therapies to over 200 people, and they're just beginning. Sarah's wonderful idea, with the support of an astounding network of talented and caring women musicians, created the best kind of ripples that affect whole families and beyond.
|Sarah Swain - center|
After hearing last month that one of my photos was chosen for the cover of the Eastham Chamber of Commerce information booklet, life quickly returned to daily chores, putting pants on one leg at a time, and then totally forgetting all about it. Until...the new copies were delivered this week and word started getting around. I'm certainly in no danger of being stalked by paparazzi over this accomplishment, although one friend actually did ask me to autograph her copy. Honest! I warned her not to try to sell it on ebay, as it would be a very disappointing experience for her. I really can't take too much credit, as the magnificent Fort Hill did all the hard work for me, but, here it is in all its glory, and can even be viewed online to read the bio and enjoy other pictures of our beautiful town!
To view online: Eastham Chamber of Commerce booklet
[click the left and right arrows to turn the pages.
|Let the season begin!|