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    Carve a Palmetto Tree Pumpkin

    Carve a Palmetto Tree Pumpkin

    Fall is the time of year for goblins, ghosts and ghouls. Families that celebrate Halloween use this time of year as a prime opportunity to visit pumpkin patches to pick out the best pumpkins for carving. Around the night of Halloween you will see ghosts, scary cats, witches and other Halloween carvings in the faces of pumpkins. One thing you probably don't see often carved into a pumpkin is a palmetto tree, but for those who live in the South, the palmetto tree pumpkin can be a familiar sight.  

    Instructions

    1. Prepare a space to carve your pumpkin by placing an old blanket, newspapers or a table cloth on the surface. Place a trash can or bucket nearby and line up your carving tools. Cut a deep circle into the top of the pumpkin and remove it. Stick your hand inside the pumpkin and remove all the insides by placing them into your trash can.
    2. Locate a palmetto tree template or design on the Internet or in any book, and tape it onto the front of your pumpkin as a guide. If you cannot locate a palmetto tree template that you like, you can draw one onto your pumpkin.
    3. Tape the palmetto tree template -- or trace the outline of a palm tree -- onto the front of your pumpkin. Use the pumpkin poker from your decorating kit to punch holes into the palm tree outline. Place the holes very close together.
    4. Take your carving knife and begin carving the palmetto tree by following the punched holes you placed into the pumpkin until the palmetto tree is completely carved. Fix any little mistakes by shaving away the imperfections with your carving knife.
    5. Place a candle or light inside the pumpkin and check out your new creation!


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    pumpkin palmetto template

     

    100 LB Tarpon Reeled in on Folly Beach, South Carolina

    100 LB Tarpon Reeled in on Folly Beach, South Carolina

    Have you seen this?! 100 LB Tarpon is caught on Folly Beach, South Carolina.

    Video Credit: Dustin Mohr


    The Atlantic tarpon inhabits coastal waters, estuaries, lagoons, and rivers. Tarpons feed almost exclusively on schooling fish and occasionally crabs. A tarpon is capable of filling its swim bladder with air, like a primitive lung. This gives the tarpon a predatory advantage when oxygen levels in the water are low. Tarpons have been recorded at up to 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length and weighing up to 161 kg (355 lb). The Atlantic tarpon is also known as the silver king.

    In appearance, tarpons are greenish or bluish on top and silver on the sides. The large mouth is turned upwards and the lower jaw contains an elongated, bony plate. The last ray of the dorsal fin is much longer than the others, reaching nearly to the tail.

    Tarpons are considered one of the great saltwater game fishes, not only because of their size and their accessible haunts, but also because of their fighting spirit when hooked; they are very strong, making spectacular leaps into the air. The flesh is undesirable and bony. In Florida and Alabama, a special permit is required to kill and keep a tarpon, so most tarpon fishing there is catch and release.