To celebrate today, many communities, groups, and people are coming together to educate, demonstrate, and show their love for the ocean. I'm going to tell you about my favorite beach!
Belleair Beach is located just below Clearwater. It is a peaceful place, a family beach, with few visitors every time we've been there. We always see something awesome!
Early Saturday morning, before anyone hit the beach, we were out there! Hubby went one way, and I went the other. HIS beach walk entailed finding a fresh turtle nest! He reported it to the Turtle Patrol, and they called someone who came in and measured the distance from the ocean to the nest, dug up the nest, counted the eggs, recorded all of this info, covered the eggs, and roped it off!
We usually see brown pelicans in Belleair, but they were not in abundance this time, although I did see several crossing Tampa Bay. Ibis, egrets, gulls, and other shore birds were enjoying fish, and small shellfish.
Friday night we had the most beautiful sunset. The Gulf is THE place for sunsets!
One evening right around sunset we walked up the beach. I saw a clump of sand move, and got my camera ready.
I had to turn off my flash and back off a bit!
Belleair Beach is the perfect beach if you love peace and quiet, and just want to relax, walk the beach, and see glorious sunsets. There aren't any fast food places after you cross the causeway, and very few restaurants. You can go back into town if you want a good place to eat, or fast food. You can have pizza and subs delivered to your room, but we always bring our own food, cook what we want, and not have to get dressed up to go out. I stay at the beach the entire time we are there, and beach comb as much as I can.
We always see incredible sea life here! We have seen sting rays, the "whale ", numerous pods of dolphins, and so many different shore birds. And now we have seen a live shell here!
These are some of the reasons I love Belleair so much!
Please be respectful of our oceans, and please don't litter. Pick up stray trash, toys, shoes....you'd be amazed at what gets left on the beach sometimes.
I want my grandkids to be able to share the beach experience with their kids...someday.
Happy World Oceans Day!