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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

As the regular resort to allergy meds testifies, Spring is upon us; and with it, thoughts of Summer and the sea…

Thankfully, the prudent folks at SimplyBeach have shared “The 15 Deadliest Beach Creatures.”  Given the presence of the predators featured there, one simply can’t be too cautious.  Consider, for example,

The Marble Cone snail shell looks beautiful but the sea creature inside is deadlier than any other possible beach inhabitant listed here. One drop of venom could kill 20 or more people. Found in warm, tropical salt water, if you find one, don’t touch it.  A sting immediately begins showing symptoms or the onset may be days later. The intense pain, numbness, swelling and tingling-feeling can result, in severe cases, muscle paralysis, respiration shut down and vision changes or death. It is fortunate that only 30 people have been killed by envenomation because there is still no anti-venom available.  (source)

As we replan and rebook for the mountains, we might recall that it was this date in 1742 that George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah (often incorrectly called The Messiah) made its world-premiere in Dublin.  The version debuted then was composed in in the summer 1741.  But Handel revised his masterpiece repeatedly; the version with which modern listeners are familiar was first performed in 1754.  (In fact, a version orchestrated by Mozart in 1789 was the most frequently heard until the mid-twentieth century, and the return of the “historically-informed” performance.)

George Frideric Handel

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