About My Blog.

Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

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Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

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For the Oceans,

Friday, April 24, 2009

CRESLI — Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc.

Mission Statement: To promote and foster understanding and stewardship of coastal ecosystems through research and education.

Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc.

150 Idle Hour Blvd., Oakdale NY 11769-1999, Attn: Department of Earth and Marine Sciences, Dowling College

Click here for seal photographs from previous trips.

When I reposted the blog entry from Long Island Daily Photo here on my blog the other day, there was a link to the site that the blogger reported the beached baby whale to. I visited the website, and after a few minutes, signed up for the May 10th Cupsogue Beach seal walk.

CLICK HERE to find out PINNIPEDS CRESLI Seal Research Program. Here's a small snippet from the link:

"The Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island's (CRESLI) Seal Research Program monitors seal populations and conducts long term behavioral studies of seals around Long Island. This includes regular observations at major haul out sites around Long Island. Population counts over the last 12 years have indicated a dramatic increase in the number of seals utilizing Long Island's waters, as well as a shift in the species composition of the region. Historically, Long Island's seal species typically included Harbor and Grey seals, which are relatively abundant in our waters from late fall until late spring. In recent years, "arctic" species such as Harp, Hooded and Ringed seals that were once extremely rare for Long Island, have also become more commonly sighted."

It's amazing that I've lived here all my life, yet didn't know about CRESLI. I knew there were many ocean and marine research organizations here on the island, but had no idea about CRESLI or about the work they do, and their marine life walks and cruises for the public. That could be because CRESLI was founded in 1996.

When I was in high school — here it was 7th through 12th — I wanted to be either an artist or a marine biologist. By 10th grade, it was decided that I would go into advertising and design, due to math and my serious lack or interest or capability to deal with it past the average classes (and to think I'm the offspring of an accountant who loves math!). I ended up in a private art college in Manhattan. I just couldn't keep up with the requirements for the mathematical credits to become a Marine Biologist. I'm a certified advanced open water diver, PADI, though. I still get to partake in my love of all things aquatic.


If you just want to see some beautiful photos and videos, go to the following:

Some content ©2009 CRESLI

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