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Arnold Dyre
 
Commentary By Arnold Dyre

   This time last week, Beverly and I were enjoying the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.
   It is somewhat hard to get back to routine living after being pampered at the Beau Rivage!
   We started our coast adventure early last Thursday afternoon by meeting Beverly’s sister Rita Hankins and Rita’s husband David at the legendary White Cap Seafood Restaurant on the beach in Gulfport.
   Now situated north of Highway 90 rather than its pre-Katrina spot out on a point south of the beach road, White Cap has long been one of our favorite spots for lunch and, as usual, everything was delicious!
   That evening we enjoyed steaks at Prime, located within Beau Rivage. Again, delicious and, indeed, superb!
   Early the next morning while the others still slept, I had coffee and a freshly made éclair for breakfast and was out beyond the Beau Rivage’s pool taking in the morning sun, the sea breeze and the view.
   Almost immediately, I spotted a huge fish swimming directly toward me. I mean huge! The big fish was just beneath the water, but I could not see a dorsal fin. It was more than a yard across at the widest spot on its back and at least 14-feet long, perhaps longer. It passed directly beneath me as I leaned over the railing and watched. It swam under the pilings of the casino and did not reappear.
   Except for whales that I have seen off the San Juan Islands of Washington State and some really big sharks I witnessed in the Pacific during my Navy days, I do not believe I have viewed a larger fish.
   After that, I did a great deal of watching for the big fish but did not see it again. Talking to some of the locals, I was told that it could have been a lemon fish or a bull shark.
   When I got back home, I looked up both species on the computer and learned that lemon fish are seldom more than 6-feet long and that bull sharks rarely exceed seven feet. “My fish” dwarfed the species suggested by the locals.
   During our time on the Coast, we experienced the first of three full moons in 2014 known as Super Moons. There will be two more full moon Super Moons in July and August. We had two Super Moons in January, but they were new moon Super Moons and not full moon Super Moons.
On both last Friday and Saturday nights, the moon came up in the east around sunset and was low in the sky in the west at dawn. Tides were higher than usual.
   Fishing was good all night long and, from a seaside window on Beau Rivage’s 24th floor, I watched the light of the moon upon the Gulf and the lights of fishing boats taking advantage of the opportunity presented.
   Around this time of year, in North America, buck deer start growing antlers, thunderstorms rage, and farmers struggle to pile up hay in their barns. Thus, according to traditional folklore, we call the July full moon the Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon.
   A Super Moon is almost 15 percent closer to Earth than other moons. That makes it appear larger and brighter and causes the tides to be higher. I am figuring the Super Moon had something to do with that big fish coming in so close.
   From now on, I am going to call the July full moon the Big Fish Moon.

adyre@comcast.net


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