June 18th Go Fishing Day

Since you are already out on the road from yesterday, why not use one of your days to fish!?! It is relaxing for the most part because most of us never catch a fish anyway so it’s all about sitting there, having a beverage of your choice and enjoying nature. (Unless, of course, you have stocked your pool with fish and are fishing at home.) Oh, and general practice today is to throw the fish back in after you’ve caught it. I am told fish do not feel pain so they should be okay. I wonder who asked the fish that but that’s another subject entirely. Don’t forget the worms!

How to celebrate – Go fishing. Find a favorite fishing spot. Try deep sea fishing for something different.

May 20th National Endangered Species Day

There is no doubt that animals worst enemy is man. We kill them for food, sport and because we want their homeland to build new homes and businesses for ourselves. So it’s only natural that we should be responsible to keep the endanger species alive in the world since we are the ones destroying them. Today is celebrate on the third Friday of May and proclaimed by the US Congress in 2006. It is supported by the National Wildlife Foundation and the US Fish and Wildlife Organizations. It would be a shame to see so many creatures of the earth disappear because we just didn’t care.

How to celebrate – Support wildlife organizations in anyway you can. Learn which creatures are endangered in your area. Zoos are not endangered species enemy, support them in their efforts to keep species alive.

April 17th Crawfish Day

April 17th Crawfish Day

If you live in the deep south you have heard of crawfish day, normally celebrate with a crawfish boil served with corn potatoes and sausage. Crawfish are basically a cousin to the lobster and have a similar taste, although generally served with a hotter sauce of some kind to liven them up. Crawfish are also called Ditchbugs, Crayfish as well as Crawdad. The day was created by Shell Shack in 2020 we assume because they serve Crawfish as a favorite dish. You can’t hardly visit New Orleans without sampling Crawfish at least once!

How to celebrate – Have a crawfish boil. Visit New Orleans. Go to Shell Shack!

January 23-29 National Kiss a Shark week

We are terrorized by sharks in the water these days. Ever since Jaws we envision them attacking us for no good reason but that just isn’t true. Sharks have been around for over 230 million years and humans have never been on the top selling list for shark treats. In fact, only 7 deaths are average a year from shark attacks across the entire world. Yet we humans kill more than a million sharks every year. The odds of your getting attacked by a shark are 1 in 11. Million chances. Lightening is 1- 500,000 chances. So why not learn more about sharks and kiss a shark instead of being afraid of a shark!

How to celebrate – Study sharks from a safe distance, so maybe kiss a shark through the aquarium glass or better yet – a stuffed animal shark! Do not challenge a shark in the water, they are a better swimmer than you. Pay attention to shark warnings at the beach.

September 14th International Crab Fest Day

Did you know there are over 5,000 types of crabs and that they can live up to 100 years? That is, of course, if they do not become a dinner for someone first. Crabs are considered one of the sweetest meats of the sea and are always in demand. Some 1.5 million are consumed a year so it’s a good thing they lay 2,000 eggs at a time. With 10 limbs they are known as the spider of the sea. Today was created by Bob Matthews of Holiday Insights in 2018.

How to celebrate – Have some crab. Watch crabs in their natural habitat. Throw a sea food party.

July 14th National Shark Awareness Day

We are terrorized by sharks in the water these days. Ever since Jaws we envision them attacking us for no good reason but that just isn’t true. Sharks have been around for over 230 million years and humans have never been on the top selling list for shark treats. In fact, only 7 deaths are average a year from shark attacks across the entire world. Yet we humans kill more than a million sharks every year. The odds of you getting attacked by a shark are 1 in 11 Million. You have more of a chance of being struck by lightning which is a 1in 500,000 chance.

How to celebrate – Study sharks from a safe distance. Do not challenge a shark in the water, they are a better swimmer than you. Pay attention to shark warnings at the beach.

April 14th National Dolphin Day

“We call him Flipper, Flipper, Flipper (but I don’t remember why). There is no doubt if you spend much time at sea or around the shoreline you will have had an encounter with a dolphin. They are intelligent creatures, very friendly, and train people well on how to feed them. Naturally, Flipper was a television show about a dolphin who was like a Rescue 9-1-1 pet of the sea. And dolphins have been known to rescue people from time to time.

How to celebrate – Watch old reruns of Flipper. Support Sea World for their efforts to save sea life. Learn how to be friends with an animal instead of owning them.

November 24th Sardine Day

November 24th Sardine Day

Okay, so an awful lot of people out there don’t like sardines. Or anchovies. Or any other tiny little fish. But did you know they are really good for you? They contain 13% of your daily requirement for B2, .25% of niacin, 150% of vitamin B12. They also contain phosphorus, calcium, iron, selenium, omega, 3 good fatty acids, vitamin D and protein. All that in that tiny little can! So hold your nose and down a can a day and think just how much better off you’ll be! And it makes for a cheap lunch too! Eat them with crackers and you won’t even notice that odd crunch as you eat their bones.

How to celebrate – Have some sardines! Make yourself a sardine smoothy. Put some sardines in your kids PB&J and tell them they are potato chips.    

June 18th National Go Fishing Day

What a wonderful way to get out and enjoy nature, get a little sunshine and have fun all at the same time! Go fishing! It’s another of those unofficial/ official holidays that doesn’t really matter if you celebrate or not. And why wait for just today!?! Really it’s okay to go fishing anytime! of course now that we are in summer it’s a little more fun than winter but there is always ice fishing! The key to the entire day of fishing is… don’t catch any fish! Then you’d have to gut them, skin them and fillet them even before eating them. The easiest way to accomplish this is, don’t put any bait on your hook! You can get all that fun stuff without any of the work to go along with it! You can still enjoy the sun, nature and your favorite eatery when the sun has set.

How to celebrate – Go fishing. Start your own fishing pond in your backyard. Rent a boat and go out on a lake or the ocean.

December 14th National Bouillabaisse Day

It seems a bit odd that after Thanksgiving we should be talking about bouillabaisse. Most of us still have left-over turkey in our refrigerators and now we are talking about fish soup!?!  Well, if you are not fond of fish this day may not be your favorite.

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This dish comes to us from the Mediterranean Sea area where fish dishes are prevalent. It can have nearly any kind of fish in it but most contain Cod, Snapper, Flounder, Halibut, Sea Bass, Monk Fish (Any white fish) or it may contain all of them.

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The dish seems to have come from France, Marseille to be exact. Here’s a popular recipe from the area. It is also popular in the United States around the New Orleans area which, of course, use to be a part of the French colonies.

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You really do have to enjoy fish to enjoy Bouillabaisse. I have had it before and it does taste pretty good, normally a little spicy, but I d have to admit it smells pretty strong. It is somewhat healthy and maybe a welcome break from all the turkey and mashed potatoes you’ve had that comes with the season.

How to celebrate – Have Bouillabaisse for supper tonight. Save up all your left-over fish from dinners and put it in your soup, or stew. Visit New Orleans or Marseille.