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How many Reindeer Does Santa Have? 

According to the popular song, Santa has 8 reindeer in addition to the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph. The other reindeer's names are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.

 

When we talk about the Beaufort Scale are we talking about the fish weigh station on the waterfront? 

The Beaufort Scale refers to windspeed. The Beaufort Scale is a "relative scale" and not measured in miles per hour or kilometers per hour etc. Instead it is graduated in degrees as to how severely it affects and impacts the environment around us such as destroying buildings, blowing down trees, etc.

 

1. The Beaufort Scale is used to measure wind intensity. It uses a flag as the measure.
 
 
 

2. The Beaufort Scale is an empirical measure that relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea or inland. Its full name is the Beaufort wind force scale, although it is a measure of wind speed and not of force in the scientific sense.The scale was devised in 1805 by Francis Beaufort (later Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort), an Irish Royal Navy officer, while serving on HMS Woolwich.   

 

One of our most popular wrecks is the SPAR. It is located about 20 miles off shore in about 100 feet of water and it has a large resident population of Sand tigers. So does the name of the wreck "SPAR" stand for Sand tiger Permanent Area Resident?

SPARS was the nickname for the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve, created 23 November 1942 with the signing of Public Law 773 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.[1] The name is the contraction of the Coast Guard motto: Semper Paratus and its English translation, Always Ready. 

 

In the children's book "The Sea of Monsters" by Rick Riordan

a. Where is the SEA of Monsters &

b. What person and his ship that are historically significant to us here in Beaufort helped save the day.

They sail for the Sea of Monsters, which is situated within the Bermuda Triangle, but the CSS Birmingham is attacked and destroyed by the monsters Charybdis and Scylla. The ship's engine overheats and explodes, and Tyson (who was in the engine room at the time) is presumed dead. Percy and Annabeth escape on a wooden raft, which Annabeth steers by opening the thermos of winds. They steer to a nearby island, where they find "CC's Spa and Resort". The spa resort's owner is the sorceress Circe, while the spa itself is actually a prison for male demigods. Circe turns Percy into a guinea pig and puts him in a cage with six others. Annabeth frees the guinea pigs and feeds them Hermes' vitamins, making them human again. The other six guinea pigs are revealed to be the crew of the notorious pirate Blackbeard (the demigod son of Ares), and Percy and Annabeth leave Circe's island on Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge

 

Where will you find a bramble shark? 

The Bramble Shark is found in the Eastern Pacific as will as around the globe in tropical waters.

If you turn a sea urchin upside down, how long does it take for it to right itself?

The average time required for the urchin to flip was 2 minutes and 28 Seconds.

What are Tongue Stones?

Tongue stones are fossilized shark teeth (usually Meg) that were thought to be tongues around medieval times.

 

Who was the first woman featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated? 

The first woman on a Sports Illustrated cover was Pamela Nelson in volume 1 Issue 3 published August 30, 1954. 

 

What is Pearl Essence?

Pearl essence is a lustrous, silvery-white substance obtained from the scales of certain fishes or derived synthetically, as from mercuric chloride: used chiefly in the manufacture of simulated pearls and as a pigment in lacquer.

What are Flotsam and Jetsam?

Flotsam and jetsam are quite similar.

 

In maritime lawflotsamjetsamlagan and derelict are specific kinds of shipwreck. The words have specific nautical meanings, with legal consequences in the law of admiralty and marine salvage:[1]

 

·                    Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo.

 

·                    Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposely cast overboard or jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore.

 

·                    Lagan (also called ligan[2]) is cargo that is lying on the bottom of the ocean, sometimes marked by a buoy, which can be reclaimed.

 

·                    Derelict is cargo that is also on the bottom of the ocean, but which no one has any hope of reclaiming. (In other maritime contexts, derelict may also refer to a drifting abandoned ship.)

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