FANTASTIC DAY!

With hurrying home from Boston after a full day of editing on the Monarch film project, I didn’t have time to write a longer post. It was a tremendously productive day. My film doesn’t just show Gloucester’s wildlife in a beautiful light, but highlights the natural beauty found all around Cape Ann.

Without jinxing the project I feel hopeful we will have a documentary by spring. No dates have been decided as of yet, but I am getting pretty excited to premiere the final cut!

RESCUED MINKE WHALE PHOTOS FROM AL BEZANSON AND IMPORTANT MARINE STRANDING MESSAGE FROM NOAA

Minke Whale Smith’s Cove Gloucester Harbor

Green Dragon Schooner Captain Al Bezanson, who first alerted GMG to the Minke Whale temporarily grounded at Gloucester Harbor, shares his photos and observations. Ainsley Smith, NOAA’s Marine Animal Response Coordinator, shares information on what to do if you see a whale, dolphin, or seal stranded or in distress. With so many whales currently feeding off our shores, as well as the extreme number of seal deaths, we appreciate Ainsley’s advice.

Al writes, “The whale looked to be a juvenile about ten feet long, I thought. Perhaps confused by running aground and kept trying to forge ahead. I did not see the rescue but turning him or her was probably the key to freedom, and moving a rock would provide the space.”
Ainsley writes, “Yesterday morning, a small minke whale got stuck in less than 2 feet of water in Smith Cove, Gloucester. The beaching was reported to us at around 8 a.m., and our Stranding Coordinator immediately left for the scene. The situation was also reported to the harbormaster, the animal control officer, and NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement.

By the time our Stranding Coordinator arrived at 8:30, we are told that a local resident had moved a large boulder that appeared to be preventing the whale from returning to deeper water. Our Stranding Coordinator, along with the harbormaster, Gloucester animal control officer, and NOAA OLE agent, then searched for the whale throughout the harbor, but were unable to find it again, which is good news! We are hoping the whale made it back to deep water safely.

We appreciate the outpouring of concern for this whale, and understand that it is very hard to watch a whale struggle. We feel the same way, which is why we are in this line of work!

This is a good opportunity to remind everyone that, under federal law, specifically the Marine Mammal Protection Act, only authorized responders are allowed to interact with stranded marine mammals. Often, marine mammals strand because they are in distress, and a trained responder will best know how to evaluate and help the animal. Pushing an animal back into the water may delay treatment or response, and also limits our ability to gather important information to be able to best help. For example, an entangled minke whale was reported near Gloucester last week, so it would have been valuable to examine this whale for injuries and see if it may have been the same one.

Whales in distress can also be dangerous, as they are unpredictable and very powerful. People have been seriously injured or killed trying to help, which is another reason we ask that people wait for trained responders.

The best thing you can do to help a marine mammal in distress is call the NOAA hotline (866-755-6622) or your local stranding response partner, and stand by the animal until help arrives.

Additionally, if people see a marine mammal in an unusual place (like a busy harbor or shallow water), please report it to the hotline so it can be monitored and we can alert people in the area to help keep it safe. We heard several reports yesterday after the stranding that a whale had been seen in the harbor earlier the week, but no one had reported it to us.” 

Minke Whale Smith’s Cove Goucester Harbor Al Bezanson Photo

BREAKING: STRANDED MINKE WHALE RESCUED GLOUCESTER HARBOR

Minke Whale Image 7 Seas Whale Watch

Early this morning Al Bezanson reported that a Minke Whale was caught on a small rock in Smith’s Cove, next to the Studio Restaurant. A kind group of Rocky Neck neighbors removed the rock and the whale swam away instantly. The whale appeared to be recovering from its entanglement and, as Mona Faherty reports, did an arcing dolphin-like move after swimming to the middle of the Cove.

The small rock, about a foot and half, that entangled the whale.

The Minke may possibly be injured. Please keep an eye out and if you see the whale contact the Northeast Marine Mammal hotline at 866-755-6622. Thank you!

NOAA official Ainsley Smith and Animal Control Officer Teagan Dolan looking for the whale.

Stephen LaPierre reception Sunday August 26 | New work inspired by Rocky Neck

Stephen LaPierre Rocky Neck Plein Air Collection

Stephen LaPierre studio-gallery, 75 Rocky Neck Avenue, 2nd Floor (next to the Rudder), Gloucester, Massachusetts

Reception Sunday August 26, 2018 from 12PM – 9PM – Clam-Digging Mermen, four-piece group (banjo, guitar, fiddle and stand-up bass) will be playing folks, blues and jug from 4-7PM

photos and more information about the series from the artist’s press release:

“Stephen has completed a dozen paintings of the Neck, this past spring and summer…trying to capture the dwindling historic architecture.. still remaining along the Neck’s lanes and shore,  as well as capturing current day village and harbor views”

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Boston Globe comes to #GloucesterMA for a perfect weekend

“How to spend a perfect weekend in Gloucester and the other cape”, by Christopher Muther, Boston Globe. 

Boston Globe weekend article Gloucester and the other cape only Gloucester Aug 15 2018.jpg

Article describes some Gloucester highlights: Cape Ann Museum and Harrison Cady exhibition, Gloucester Beaches, Stage Fort Park, Half Moon Beach, Gloucester Shuttle, Cape Ann Cinema, Gloucester Stage, Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Hammond Castle Museum, Perfect Storm, Wicked Tuna, Rocky Neck, Latitude 43, Lobsta Land, Zeke’s Place, Willow Rest, Beauport Hotel, Ocean Hotel at Bass Rocks, Beth Williams, and (couldn’t get a reservation at) Duckworth’s Bistro.

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Detail from Harrison Cady on exhibition Cape Ann Museum 

 

Stephen LaPierre

Stephen LaPierre and his upcoming gallery shows, his free classes, etc. 

 This week Dawn Southworth is bringing her Annisquam Art Class to visit Stephen’s amazing Rocky Neck studio… filled with images of Cape Ann, Key West and clowns with cell phones. They are sure to have a blast! 

This week and thru the weekend, master oil painter, Stephen LaPierrre, is featuring his Key West Collection,, plein air oil paintings  of the architecture, foliage and fun of the southernmost city.

 

Enjoy these forever images of America’s  tropical playground… with much of the pleasure happening when that sun goes down!!

 Free beer while it lasts, to those over 21 years old, who are still able to climb those stairs at 75 Rocky Neck Ave... next to The Rudder… with their half-price menu most of the week & weekend…   Don’t miss the fun this week, at the end of the Neck!!!

 Summer Gallery Hours: Every day   11AM-9PM    

 Stephen LaPierre Studio and Gallery

75 Rocky Neck Ave    up the stairs!!!

www.paintpaintpaint.org

info@stephenlapierre.com

321 537 7762

Here is an example of some of the works.

 

 

 

 

 

Beacon Sunset

Driving around the back shore in Gloucester there are so many incredible views of our gorgeous town, this scene is no different. As I approached the Beacon Marine the light was changing fast I knew there wasn’t much time so I quickly pulled over and grabbed gear and set up through the railings just in time,

GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER! BROUGHT TO YOU BY ROCKY NECK

Calm before the storm–from an exquisitely sunny and peaceful morning on the Neck.