NATURE NICHE: Keeping an eye on our precious home

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Dolphins play, and how we enjoy watching them. The tribe of local dolphins is lucky as they have a beautiful home, the lower Laguna Madre. A home that is safe and clean.

Well, I take that back. Not clean. It was beautiful. But now more and more trash is evident. I pick up plastic bags daily.

The dolphins will show me where they are and then we see them floating just beneath the surface looking like jellyfish. Chip bags, plastic bottles, cans, baggies, Styrofoam cups and plates – the list is endless.

One of our babies last year, baby Sprocket, was playing around in the manmade area where all the shrimp boats are in Port Isabel while his mother was feeding. I took this photo. It says it all.

So while we watch them play we are reminded by this photo what we, the human animal, is doing to our and their precious home, the Laguna Madre.

Keeping an eye on our nature niche, Scarlet Colley.

Editor’s Note: Scarlet Colley is the director of the Sea Life and Nature Center located on 110 N. Garcia St. in Port Isabel. Call (956) 299-1957 or visit Scarlet on Facebook at Dolphinwhisper.

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