Aug 17,2010
with Fall 2011 update

Hog Pen Project

August 10, 2010
Siganid Harvest

August 9, 2010
70th Birthday Party

July 29, 2010
Chicken Coop

June 2, 2010
Milkfish Harvest

April 19, 2010
In Memory of James

February 25, 2010
Spider on a Stick

February 13, 2010
2nd Danggit harvest

February 11, 2010
Arrive Manila

January 24, 2010
Feast of Sto.Nino

January 8, 2010
Okeechobee Gourd

December 23,2009
Merry Christmas

November 18, 2009
First Full Harvest of Fish

September 29, 2009
First Harvest Cleaner Fish

September 25, 2009
Birthday Party

August 22, 2009
Construction Completed

May 25, 2009
Fish Pen Construction

July 4, 2008
Living in the Philippines

June 16, 2008
First Impressions

Story of Stormy
Stormy the Manatee

VIDEOS  &    Gallery

Ferry Crash

Voyage to the Philippines
Two Neat Travelog Videos

Manila in the 30's
3 Videos give Great
Historical Perspective

Transport Philippine Style
2 Videos are Fun to Watch

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James Presents Stormy                                                                                   


Meet Stormy -- I was his daddy for a little over a year and he is like a member of my family.

Stormy is one of the first captive born manatees to ever be released into the wild -- after a year of tracking, Stormy was declared a wild manatee and his tracking equipment was removed.
Stormy was one of the first manatess I worked with at Wildlife Trust [See also].

Because stormy had been born in a man made pool and had lived his life there, he had no idea what a river was -- after he was released into Blue Spring, a tributary of the St.John's river in Deland Florida, Stormy would try to follow the other manatees into the river but would stop and turn around when he came to the dark tannin stained waters of the river--- it seemed he thought the river was a wall simply because he could not see thru it -- I am sure Stormy was confused with the disappearance of the other animals when they swam into the "wall" and disappeared. It took about 6 weeks before Stormy ventured into the dark waters of the river.

For the first 2 years in the wild, Stormy did not seem to go further than 10 to 15 miles from Blue Spring and he returns to the spring every winter to find warm water.
The river temperature varies within 50 - 80 degrees while most Florida springs remain a constant 72 degrees year round...manatees need at least 70 degrees to survive..
It is always a pleasant relief to me when someone at the Blue Spring park reports Stormy is back home for the winter.