In honor of Sea Otter Awareness Week and National Poetry Day, we are pleased to announce the winners of our Limerick Rhyme-fest! The top three winners received the highest scores from our Sea Otter Savvy judges. All three winning Limericks will be featured on new signs that will be installed at marine recreation access points in Moss Landing Harbor early next year. These Limericks were clever, adhered best to the meter and rhyme form of a Limerick, and conveyed the key guidelines as outlined in the instructions. We received over 60 entries and had a lot of fun reading all of them. A hearty giggle and a "Well done!" to all participants!
We are planning to make this contest an annual event, with new winning Limericks selected to keep the signs fresh and anticipation keen. Start thinking up your rhymes for next year!
Here are the winners. Enjoy!
First Place, by Laura Horton
Don’t paddle too close while we’re searchin’
For a crab or a tasty sea urchin.
Don’t land on our beach,
And stay well out of reach,
Or you’ll frighten us into submergin’.
Second Place, by Josh Silberg
When you’re out enjoying the water
Beware the inquisitive otter.
They might take a bite
Though not out of spite
Some just get more close than they ought'er
Third Place, Amanda Frederick
If you see sea otters at play,
Please stay a safe distance away.
No matter the cuteness
Please practice astuteness,
And don't to the Jetty Beach stray
Here are a few of our favorite Runners Up:
By Kyle Reynolds-
If you value your flesh you'll concede,
That our laws are for you to take heed,
Because otters get pissed
When you're up in their midst
And they know how to make paddlers bleed.
By Armen Varteressian-
If your family's out for a day
On the beautiful Monterey Bay
Tell your sons and your daughters
"Don't bother the otters -
They could hurt you just thinking it's play."
On otters and ferrets, and stoats
There are furry and fabulous coats
But while ferrets are pets
And stoats are no threat
It’s the otters who’ll chew up your boat
By Roxanne Varteressian Joe-
There once was an otter named Jason,
And we know it’s tempting to chase him.
But please stay away,
Let him swim, dive and play.
Never get so close that you face him!