Colorful coastal tales, art, shellfish and more

Cable news, known for its restrained coverage of current events, reports that one Michael Packard recently survived an ordeal of biblical proportions. A professional lobster diver, he was allegedly swallowed by a humpback whale while plying his trade in the coastal waters off Cape Cod.

According to Mr. Packard’s account, the whale did not find his scuba-clad prey to his taste, and swinging his head (the whale’s, not the diver’s) from side to side tossed him back into the sea after 30-40 seconds.      

This modern day Jonah is not a Delawarean and this Big Gulp, as opposed to ones available at 7-Eleven, did not occur in Delaware’s territorial waters, so there’s no way to be sure of the veracity of this tale. And, on advice of counsel, the whale is not talking. 

Kate Dodd’s multi-colored “Efflorescence” is a temporary installation erected in George H.P. Smith Park in Lewes.

At the very least, it’s a colorful story.  And speaking of color, in the coastal region it has returned to has everything from cheeks to outdoor art.

In regard to the latter, there’s Kate Dodd’s multi-colored “Efflorescence,” a temporary installation erected in George H.P. Smith Park in Lewes last month. Consisting of 14 flower-like stalks, varying in height from 10-14 feet, and arranged to form a circle, it creates a striking faux flora display of color.