It is the absolute BEST thing to receive messages like these from my young readers! And, it’s even better because I have good news for them – The answer is YES! I am currently working on Book 2 of The Adventures of Shelly Beach series. I’m about half way through!
This one has a giant hermit crab and a MerDog!
Stay tuned in 2023!
Did you know? Manatees have what researchers call a “prehensile snout”. They can use their upper lips individually to grasp vegetation – almost like the trunk of an elephant (their closest living relative).
I know where to find a magical manatee…..
This manatee fact was brought to you courtesy of savethemanatee.org/facts.
Did you know that manatees have 3-4 nails on each flipper – one thing they have in common with their closest living relative, the elephant! These nails don’t serve a specific purpose, but they may help reduce abrasion on the manatee’s flipper when the manatee “walks” on the bottom.
This manatee fact was presented courtesy of savethemanatee.org/facts.
“Dad said something about runoff from the street? I think he said something about fertilizer, oil and other chemicals.” He shrugged. “I don’t know what that means though.”
What is “runoff”?
In my latest book, A Manatee Miracle, I aim to teach our youngest readers about ocean life and ocean health – but in a non-preachy way. I’ve seen the effects of runoff in the ocean firsthand. As a child in the Florida Keys I witnessed the death of much of the life in one canal in a span of less than ten years. Manatees are just one of the victims of human carelessness.
You can help prevent manatee mortalities as well as harm to our oceans and other sea life. Runoff, such as sewage, manure and fertilizer enters waterways and causes algal blooms, some of which can be fatally toxic to manatees, and can kill grass beds that manatees rely on to eat.
What can you do to help?
Purchase environmentally safe products. (I know this is easier said than done, but there are many alternatives to the harshest of chemicals available in stores these days. It’s worth a shot.)
Properly store and/or dispose of toxic materials and do not discard waste in storm drains.
Use fertilizers sparingly and consider using a compost for yard and food waste.
Sweep up areas instead of hosing them down.
Check vehicles for leaks and properly recycle motor oil.
Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in your driveway.
Pick your weeds instead of spraying weed killer chemicals that end up in the oceans and waterways.
The good news is, I have seen improvement in the canals of the Keys too. With a little bit of knowledge we can help bring life back to waterways that have been hurt.
My goal with my new series is to reach as many young, new readers as possible and teach them about ocean life. Celebrate World Oceans Day with Shelly Beach – A Manatee Miracle, the first in The Adventures of Shelly Beach series.
(There may even be a magical paddle boat involved!)
Book One in The Adventures of Shelly Beach is making quite a splash! All across the globe, young readers are discovering the magical islands of the Florida Keys and learning about its wildlife…