the sea brings forth update

c. 2010 Jan Annino Godown

The Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory is the go-to

wonderland for families here in North Florida, where the Gulf of Mexico takes its big bend along the marsh shore.  (Scenic Driving Florida & Family Fun in Florida , two of my travel guides, feature this site.) Learn about their new NOAH’S ARK project for the embattled Gulf of Mexico. It’s a way to protect the fish nurseries, collecting & raising young in tanks onshore, during the dark intrusion of oil into the previously productive waters. A positive way to move along, while

engineers remain puzzled about ending the oil gush. And while it appears there are no answers to: When will the oil flow end?

On YouTube learn how the GULF SPECIMEN lab creators advised 40 years ago, after the barge, Florida spilled oil near West Falmouth, Mass.,  in Sept. 1969, how to document oil spill impact along the shore.

Also on YouTube, look for Young Adult & Middle Grade award-winning author ADRIAN FOGELIN &

her partner songster, Craig Reeder, performing their original and haunting ballad about the oil spill.

Search using

Hot Tamale, the name of this creative duo. Or try the title  which has changed to

Crystal Gulf Waters.

YouTube – Crystal Gulf Waters

Cedar Key Florida by Jan Godown

Apalachicola, Florida

And look for this fresh collection in print, of writers defending Gulf coastal beauty in UnspOILed.

It is edited by noted writer Susan Cerulean, with pieces from Janisse Ray, Doug Alderson, Connie May Fowler &  many others.  There is even a 9-year-old inkslinger contributing to this project- that’s just how important this issue is.

c. 2010 Jan Annino Godown