Campers vs. Staff! Always a New Adventure at Sea Scout Base Galveston!

Last week at Sea Scout Base Galveston, we ended camp right with a fun luau and great games! Great food was had, Captain Rob sang us some songs, and the campers had some great skits prepared for everyone.


After dinner, the campers and staff had an intense volley ball game. Of course the staff won 2 for 2 games! Maybe the next weeks crews will have better luck.

Wish you were here at Sea Scout Base Galveston!


Week One Update

It is the first week of the Galveston Nautical Adventures here at Sea Scout Base Galveston! As the name suggests, many adventures are taking place on the water for our participants.

We even had some fishy friends visit us on the docks!

A school of mullet!

SSBG is Making Friends on Offats Bayou

Today at Sea Scout Base Galveston our resident biologist Abigail Hils was alerted that there was a new creature in our onsite wetlands. Abigail was notified of this exciting development by none other than our Executive Director, Ed Carrette, who spotted the creatures while walking the facility.

What are these creatures you ask? Stingrays! Specifically Southern Stingrays, which have a different body shape and can grow much larger than their Atlantic cousin.

Sign up for our programs and come discover the wildlife here at Sea Scout Base Galveston!


Find Out Friday

Welcome back friends of SSBG and sailors,
Our mystery monday has turned into an enigma that has surprised all of the Sea Scout Base Galveston team. While some words in the English language have acronyms such as radar, “Radio Detections and Ranging,” there are a few of these acronym created earlier than last century. 

In theory, POSH refers to sailing from India to England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “Port Out Starboard Home” was the shady and cooler side of the ship, which were “the best” accommodations before air conditions and cooling units were invented.

In reality, this origination was probably just a myth. According to our friend who replied to the link, Oxford English Dictionary state that “this word is derived from the initials of ‘port outward, starboard home’, referring to the more expensive side for accommodation on ships formerly traveling between England and India, is often put forward but lacks foundation. 

On another note, and interestingly enough, this was term was also referred to in the context of transatlantic crossings. Here, some say “Port Outbound Starboard Home,” referring to the trips across the pond (Atlantic Ocean) from Britain to America. 

However, this word was already coined well back in the early 19th century referring to money or dandy. Haven’t you ever been to an affair that was very “posh,” or at least heard other folks referring to it as such? 

Find Out Friday

Welcome back fellow biologist friends! It is find out Friday and the answer to this puzzling photograph is these rings are those of the Moon Jelly ("Aurelia aurita")! These four rings are referred to as "moons" and are the reproductive organs! 

Often referred to as a jellyfish, all species of jellies are boneless, brainless and heartless critters, wonder what life would be like being one of these? Moon jellyfish have short tentacles along the edge of the bell and four short arms situated around the mouth for catching food. The tentacles of the moon jellyfish are poisonous for small marine creatures but people are not affected by the toxin since it cannot penetrate our skin. 

Typically found in the harbors and bays, our photograph of this jellyfish was taken in the Texas A&M harbor during our first Sea Scout Base Galveston NOVA course! 

The most interesting fact that our local biologist loves to discuss is the dietary value of these creatures. Though considered a main food source for all sea turtles, jellyfish can be a special dish for humans too! Typical in Asian cultures, and the main ingredient on the Crabby Patty from SpongeBob SquarePants, jellyfish can be eaten raw or cooked. 

Find Out Friday

It’s FRYDAY FRYDAY, gots to get down on Friiiiday!!

It’s the end of the second week for mystery creatures found by our biologist team! This little critter was difficult to identify by both our biologist team and the Sea Scout Base Galveston followers. This common rocky shoreline inhabitant was found attached to the groynes of the sea wall along with many of its friends. In the previous pictures you saw mounds attached to rocks, but those were actually closed up bundles of this species of sea anemone! 

These next few pictures demonstrate the beauty hidden when “Bunodosoma cavernatum” blossoms or expands its arms.  Commonly named the Warty Sea Anemones, its name comes from the warty appearance from the arrangement of vesicles on the muscular column, or the trunk, of the anemone. Their tentacles are full of colors, like the blue and red, thanks to their symbiotic friends of green algae. 

There are over 1,000 species found throughout the world’s oceans and various depths. Sea anemones usually attach themselves to a hard substrate like the rocks of the sea wall, but do have the ability to move. The cool fact about anemones is the concept of their stickiness, which relates them to corals. These stinging cells are called nematocysts. Each nematocysts contains a tiny structure that looks like a harpoon that is filled with toxins. Any touch mechanically triggers an explosion of this harpoon that injects a small dose of poison. This toxin paralyzes their prey, but do not fret this toxin feels more of an irritation when in contact with more tender parts of the human body like our armpit or neck. 

Don't forget to sign up for the Sea Scout Base Galveston Summer Programs so that you can work with our biologist team and help them find and identify critters like these. 

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