Here’s a new unwelcome resident of the Treasure Coast. The Asian Tiger Prawn, otherwise known as the Asian Giant Shrimp – which sounds like a contradiction in terms. It joins a long list of invaders that includes the python, the wild hog and the lionfish. Two giant shrimp have been found in the Indian River Lagoon. One in Vero Beach in April, and one in Hobe Sound in September. Only two? Scientists with the University of Florida Sea Grant program at the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce fear there could be many more. The giant shrimp grow and multiply quickly.
On June 1st, the hurricane season began on the Treasure Coast and elsewhere on the Atlantic seaboard. It lasts until the end of November. Are you ready? Weather forecasters are predicting 13 named tropical storms for the season. Five of them will be hurricanes with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or above. This is about average. Of course, we don’t know if any of them will hit the mainland. The National Hurricane Center is urging residents in hurricane-prone areas to “go tapeless.” That means do not tape your windows.
Can you imagine the Treasure Coast without the ocean? There would be no coast, of course, and no treasure from a fleet of sunken Spanish galleons. There would be no miles of beaches, no surf, no sailfish, no loggerhead turtles. It would be like Florida’s interior. No offense intended. That’s why World Oceans Day should mean something to us. In 2008, the United Nations proclaimed each June 8th as World Oceans Day. This year, the theme is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.” Environmental centers along the Treasure Coast have special activities planned. On Friday, June 8th, you can vis