Views of the Neighborhood – Shark Week Scavenger Hunt Part II

Here we are getting ready for the Shark Week Scavenger Hunt part II. First of all, I want to apologize for the quality of the photos. The Producer’s images are sharp and clear; mine look like I developed them in a milk bath. Not sure what happened, but hope you can enjoy them anyway.

We are being catered by Anything’s Baked Potato of Austin, and our entertainment is Coldplay.

Main

So don’t miss the bus.

Velvet Belly Lantern shark. Wonder who pet the belly to determine it was velvet?

The Maco Shark loves swordfish and is found wherever swordfish are found. Unfortunately, they are endangered due to fishing.

Bull Shark. All you freshwater fans should know these guys travel the Mississippi River.

Great name Izu Catshark and, as can be guessed, live only around Japan.

A reader had hoped G would be a different name. But, nope, Great White it is. No known predators and found everywhere. Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water.

Whale Shark – Largest 41,000 pounds and 61 feet. Loves tropical waters and eats plankton and small fish.

Angel Shark – Endangered. It is now found in the shelf sediment habitats in the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic.

Hammerhead Shark – Hammerheads are found worldwide in warmer waters along coastlines and continental shelves. They range in size from 3 feet to 19 feet and can weigh up to 1300 pounds.

Oceanic Whitetip Shark – The oceanic whitetip is found globally in deep, open oceans, with temperatures greater than 18 °C (64 °F). This shark is aggressive and threatened due to its fins and meat demand.

Port Jackson Shark – Lays eggs and does not need to swim to breathe. Found in the warm waters off the coast of Southern Australia.

So here is where we are on our scorecard and message key. I think by now, you noticed there is no 22. As hard as The Producer and I searched, we could not find it. But, we did figure out its letter. It is T.

Reminded me of the secret decoder ring on Christmas Story. Well, it is time to relax and eat and enjoy Coldplay live from Wembley Stadium on August 13th, 2022

 

79 comments

  1. A shark that grows to 61 feet? Yikes!

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    1. I know. Right? 😳

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  2. I wondered about the velvet belly too! This was cool. Thanks for the tour, John! I hope your second peeper is doing well.👀

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    1. It is doing quite well, Jill. Thank you for asking. A whole new world.

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      1. That’s great to hear, John.

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  3. I never knew there were so many different types of shark 😱

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    1. As one reader wrote last time there are over 500 different types. Who knew indeed. Thanks, Chris.

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  4. Chicken & steak sound interesting, but I think I’d have to be pretty hungry to finish it! I’ll have the wings.
    Parks & Rec certainly are ingenious and supply us with interesting info while having fun!

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    1. These Park and Rec folks are always thinking of new things. Thanks, GP. You want the 20 piece order?

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      1. Okay, I’ll save the leftovers.

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  5. Great post, John. Sharks are such interesting creatures. I guess its dark underside and bioluminescence give the velvet belly lantern shark its name. Evidently somebody thought the dark belly looked like velvet. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for a very logical reason. Tim. 😁

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  6. T = thresher shark, I’d wager. Maybe your camera has cataracts.

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    1. I think you would win. We went to try and find it one more time but the hunt was over and all the signs gone.

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      1. That’s dedication.

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  7. What a fun way to learn more about sharks (which I just did)! Thanks for sharing the fun this morning. I love these Sunday posts! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. I’m glad. 😊

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  8. I hadn’t realized there were so many types! That was fun and interesting thanks for taking us along.

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    1. Thanks for going, Deborah.

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  9. It would have been fun if you would have offered up a seafood themed menu.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Yes I should consult with you. 😁

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  10. Oh well. Knew it was inevitable. Guess the velvet thing is by someone who petted one while doing research.

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  11. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Gosh, even more reasons not to swim in the deep waters of the ocean! Who knew there were so many sharks? Thank you for the morning fun, John. Have a great day.

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    1. For get the ocean how about the Mississippi river? 😳

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  12. I’m still reeling over that whale shark weighing 41,000 pounds! Mercy, something that large would take up a LOT of room in the water, wouldn’t it?! Don’t fret over your photos, John. They look fine — except for all that dry grass around the signs. Looks like y’all need some rain. Hope you’re recuperating nicely from the surgery!

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    1. We got an inch and a half on Friday. More expected this week. Thanks, Debbie.

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  13. Sharks, good food, and a decoder ring message. What could be better ? Oh and three fingers to help decode the message…

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    1. Yes. Don’t try this without proper preparation.

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  14. Yes, on these things you can have a problem with reflection.
    None the less, the pictures are good enough.

    Interesting idea, this shark hunt.

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    1. Thank you, Rabirius.

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  15. That stir fri veggies sounds yummy. I make something like that, but have never tried putting it on a potato.

    So, this shark hunt and puzzle was not just a lot of fun, but informative. Thank you, John! xo

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    1. I’m glad I found you something you could eat. I’m glad also you found the post informative. XO

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      1. This “on a baked potato” idea is good. I can see putting all sorts of concoctions on a baked potato!
        I learned more about sharks today than my entire life, no thanks to “Jaws”!

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      2. Sharks are not the friendliest creatures so it is hard to get to know them. I love balked potatoes. 425 degrees for two hours. Chrisp skin, (Oh yes before baking rub skins with olive oil and hit em with kosher salt. Then make a big cut the length of the potato to let the steam out. Nice and fluffy.

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      3. Okay! No tin foil? I like that!!!

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      4. Yes foil only makes the potato skin mushy and wet.

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  16. John, I know when I had a cataract removed it was like lifting the curtain up on the world. Mine was dead center so it made a big difference. Hope your eyeballs are at max capacity now. The shark scavenger hunt looks like a cool thing to do. Thanks for sharing the sharks!

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    1. It was a curtain of sorts. The biggest surprise was not needed readers to work on the computer. That was an amazing experience for me. Thanks, Bruce.

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  17. This is my favorite tour yet, John. I love the menu, Cold Play is one of my favorite band, and I’m fascinated with sharks! The shark facts were fun to read. Could you be looking for Tiger Sharks (#22)?

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    1. Could be Tiger or Thresher shark. I’m glad you liked the post Vashti.

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  18. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I’m familiar with most of these species, but a couple were new for me.

    Great choice on the music today!

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    1. Thanks Pete. Coldplay is a favorite.

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Fun tour and with those great whites so abundant off the N. CA coast, I have rarely found it safe to get in those cold waters.

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    1. Yes they seem to be everywhere there. Surprising there are very few attacks from Great Whites too.

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  20. Yep they were just like that. Marvellous singalong…

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    1. I was so surprised to see the whole concert on YouTube one day after it was held.

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      1. It’s a bit of a bugger, the way some people experience the whole thing through their phones. Fortunately the wrist bands Coldplay use means you don’t see those wretched dots of white light everywhere

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  21. When we lived on a lake in SC Son #1 would terrorize Son #2 about bull sharks and how they can also live in fresh water. Like our lake. You guessed correctly if you’re thinking that Son #2 rarely went in the water.

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    1. Ha ha ha. We had the same problem when the grand kids visited on the coast. One would mention sharks and it was all over.😁

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  22. What a fun scavenger hunt! Fun and educational-I like it and the fact that Coldplay was the entertainment, even better. Nice menu too-a little something for everyone. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Monika. Glad you liked it.

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  23. Apparently, there’s more to know about sharks than I ever imagined. Sharks swimming in fresh water? Sharks growing to 61′? These are things I wish I didn’t know.

    I’m still catching up after vacation. was going to go with the veggie stir fry, but I had already picked brisket.I hope there’s some left.

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    1. Always plenty left. Here you go.

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  24. Since I’m two days late, there’s probably no food left, but if you find some, I sure would love some of that salmon and asparagus (without the asparagus, if you don’t mind). That was a fun excursion … I love these scavenger hunts!!! Thanks for the fun and the shark education, John! Sorry I was late. 😔

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    1. You are never late. Just delayed. I opened the kitchen and your salmon is ready.

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      1. Delicious and delightful! Thanks, John!

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      2. I ate your asparagus.

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      3. Oh thank you!!! 😊

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  25. I knew there was a reason I stay ankle deep in the ocean. 🙂 Thanks for the tour, John.

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  26. This was fun, John. You did a great job on the scavenger hunt.

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  27. I had no idea there were so many species of shark, John! Very informative!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it Noelle.

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  28. I missed the earlier bus, John, but the food sounds amazing. 🙂 That whale shark, wow! And the hammerhead, 19 feet is long enough. Thanks for this fun and informative post. 🙂

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    1. Yes it seems like the whale shark would be something to see. Thanks, Lauren.

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  29. Sharks in Texas sound great, dear John! 🙂🙂🙂 The sea life is incredible!

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    1. Yes we have some beauties in the Gulf of Mexico. 🦈

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  30. They sure know how to make baked potatoes exciting!
    I am blown away by the number of types of sharks. They are such gorgeous and misunderstood creatures.

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    1. They are. Thanks, Dale.

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