Octopuses are orphans. Males die a few months after mating and the females shortly after her eggs hatch. That’s because the females are so busy watching over their eggs, they don’t eat and die of starvation shortly after her 20,000 to 100,000 eggs hatch after five to eight months.Most of Charlie’s siblings, however, probably didn’t survive, either. Up to 90 percent of them are snatched up by hungry predators.Octopuses are said to be the “most intelligent of all invertebrates and show individual personalities,” said Mather and Anderson in their article, “Personalities of Octopuses,” in the Journal of Comparative Psychology. They can solve problems and have excellent memories.All octopuses are venomous to varying degrees. The red octopuses that live along our western shores drill holes into clam shells and poison the occupant, making it easier to open the shell. They can and will bite your hand and leave a wound that can take a couple of months to heal if not treated immediately with very hot water. Even then, the victim can feel sick for a week afterward.
To the delight of local anglers, boaters, campers, skiers, snowmobilers, and conservationists, The Trust for Public Land announced March 13 that 40 acres of land at Stony Point has been formally acquired by the U.S Forest Service (USFS).
During the Dec. 21 winter solstice, the sun takes a brief respite on the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees south latitude. Over the next six months, it journeys north for a June 21 rendezvous with the Tropic of Cancer at 23.5 degrees north latitude. En route, on about March 20, for one brief moment it touches its rays directly over the equator, declaring the spring equinox.
Sunny days, warmer temperatures and turkey season. Well, two out of three is not bad. Spring is a time of change and renewal. Fresh flowers, budding trees, green grass, and turkeys gobbling. While this is the picture turkey hunters dream about, some days can be a nightmare.
Congratulations to Jacksonville State’s men’s basketball team for such a fun season, and here’s hoping the Gamecocks inherit their reward next year:
TWIN FALLS — Huge, gushing flows and a rainbow in a spray of mist put on a show for hundreds of visitors to Shoshone Falls this weekend.
A partly sunny sky greeted a group of hunters on a warm winter’s afternoon. With shotguns loaded, they followed their guide into a field of briars, broom straw and scattered pine seedlings. An empty deer stand leans against one of the few larger pine trees.
Gaging by the calendar, spring is still a few weeks out. Weather in Alabama during this time of the year is fickle at best. Warm days can have you believing spring has sprung. But, in a heartbeat snow, ice and freezing temperatures can arrive overnight.
Doing anything outdoors is what Brian Walker ,16, of Heflin enjoys. He likes spending time in the outdoors with his buddies. Walker started hunting with his dad when he was around 7 years old. He really liked hunting, and it was some quality time spent with his dad.
A squirrel hunt in the late season can provide many opportunities for hunters. This a great time to get outdoors and take a kid hunting.
Hunting and fishing are two of the top outdoor activities that Jarrod Bundrum, 30, of Jacksonville enjoys. He started hunting when he was about 4 years old, going squirrel hunting with his dad. Later on, the squirrel hunting evolved to deer hunting.
With fewer than two weeks remaining for deer season, hunters will spend extra time filling their open tag. They will put in extra hours on stand hoping to spot a buck. But staying in or on stand all day or for several hours can be tough.
Spring is still a few months out, but now is a good time to perform some early spring cleaning of your fishing tackle. Boat compartments and tackle bags are cluttered and jumbled with various lures. Unorganized tackle boxes can result is lost fishing time and frustration.
Back when he was around 7 years old, Clint Gallahar, now 29, of Choccolocco, would get off the school bus at his granddad’s house and would see the neighbor working with some dogs. The neighbor was Charlie Walker, and he would take Gallahar coon hunting. The old man and the young hunter woul…