Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rare Blue King Crab

I had the opportunity to hold a live blue red king crab at the Norton Sound Seafood center in Nome, AK.  The crab was feature in our local newspaper the Nome Nugget.  Fisherman Frank MacFarland had caught this rare genetically mutated blue Red King crab this later made national news. Don't get this confused with the Blue King crab which is red with royal blue highlights and are not as rare as this genetically mutated crab.

Isn't he beautiful!!!  Yes, it's a he... I checked.  He was so georgeous that I just wanted to hug and snuggle with him.

Sadly I new he needed to go back into the tank. 

I went home and showed my kids the photos I had taken of this crab and they all thought I had made this all up and had done some photo editing.  I had to prove them wrong and let them see for themselves.

I told them it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a rare blue Red King Crab in person.

 We all agreed the he was more of a neon purple than blue.
Mr. Blue Crab lived at the seafood plant for about a week and then was shipped off to a taxadermis to be mounted.  Not sure how I feel about this... I think it would have been nice to have him at the Sea Life center in Seward... oh well.  ACTUALLY I think Nome should have our very own Sea Life center... because we have some weird stuff in our waters!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dandelion Fairies

"Mom, I found some fairies, can I blow them?"

I had never heard of dandelions being called fairies before but I loved the idea.  It's that time of year in Nome when the dandelions seeds are flying in the wind.  I didn't want to miss this magical moments and brought out my camera.

one last fairy


 And after all the dandelion fairies flew away.  She went to my garden to collect Bachelor buttons.  Though these weren't called fairies they're just flowers.

I don't think bachelor buttons really smell but whatever.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Yay, the hooligans are here!  Once or twice a year during the summer season the hooligan fish arrive in Nome, but this year they came stayed for over a week.  This is unusual and we don't fully understand why they stayed so long.  There were some speculation that they were staying closer to shore to get away from large predators, who knows.  Also called cigar fish, candelfish, or eulachon.

They wash up onto the shore and wash back out with the waves.  This can go on from anywhere between 5 minutes to a couple of hours and then they are gone... usually gone till next year, but they kept coming back for days.

There were so many of them that I could grab handfuls of them and throw them into my bowl.  I had about 5 of them in my hand in this photo.  Typically I should have used a net but I thought this was much more fun.

By the way the photo above was entered into a summer photo contact that KNOM radio was hosting and we won!  The photo was featured on their website and FB page during the 3rd week of June here's the link

 The kids got involved in the process too and had so much fun catching them.

This is my daughter's friend with a couple of hooligans.

Addison was excited about seeing fish but not willing to touch them.  Hopefully that will change when she gets older.

Here's a video of Reese adding a hooligan to our bucket.

A hungry arctic tern grabbing some lunch.

So what do we do with all this fish?  We cook em and eat them :-).  Our favorite way to eat them is gut them, take off their heads and fins, dredge them in corn meal and fry them up.  My kids call them real fish sticks.  Eat them with bones too (they are soft).  I like to wrap mine in lettuce, mint, and cilantro and dip them in nuoc cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce).  Other locals will dry them, smoke them, or can them.

 Yummy deliciousness!!!