Dead fish come on shore in Gulfport, Miss.

By JOHN E. BIALAS
Broadmoor Bureau Chief

So I was taking my daily walk Tuesday afternoon on the boardwalk that is really a miles-long cement block along the beach and Highway 90 in Gulfport, Miss., and lots of birds were flying for a landing in the sand among the few people chilling in the area south of Kelly Avenue and one mile east of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.

Didn’t think much about this as I walked east to Hewes Avenue, but as I walked back to Kelly, all the birds were still there and so I walked on the beach to see why they were there.

It turns out lots of dead fish were coming ashore and the birds were feasting on them.

A mother of two children told me they saw stingrays and her son had a small one in what looked like a laundry basket. The mother also said she has a friend who wondered if the dead fish were catches released after they were brought to the rodeo.

I said I doubted it, but I’m no expert. I’ve never gone fishing in my 66 years.

I took iPhone photos of dead fish and I’m sharing this one right here in hopes that someone will see it and perhaps explain why this happened.

I’ll be taking a walk to the beach Wednesday about three hours before the Gulfport Fourth of July fireworks show and I’ll check out  the latest in the dead-fish situation.

See you later.

 

 

 

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July the Fourth Be With You

By JOHN E. BIALAS

July the Fourth Be With You.

That’s my wish to you in case I forget to tell you on Tuesday, the holiday.

“Star Wars” celebrations don’t have to be limited to May the Fourth, when fans of the movie series unite to observe a play on words.

Enjoy the red, white and blue and all you do on Independence Day, which is not to be confused with the Will Smith movie that has been called the 1990s “Star Wars.”

When you take a break from your patriotic activities, channel your Luke Skywalker and do a green lightsaber dance just like wbb in the picture with this post.

Perhaps someday I will teach wbb the connection between “Star Wars” and the Fourth of July. I guess this is what you do in retirement.

The memes are plentiful. Here are a few examples:

  • Happy Force of July:  Star Wars has SO much to do with America’s independence
  • The Darth Vader American flag head
  • The George Washington Revolutionary War lightsaber battle
  • The Lady Liberty Wookie
  • Stormtrooper fireworks display

Tilly has no interest in “Star Wars,” but she went to a meme generator to put together this photo that strives to be in the spirit of the Fourth.

 

 

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