To beat the all-tackle world record for a yellowfin tuna, you'd have to hook a behemoth weighing in the neighborhood of 450 pounds. Should any angler ever successfully snag such a fish, the record keepers of the International Game Fish Association will be among the first to announce the catch's confirmed stature. As part of their mission to conserve all types of game fish and to promote ethical angling practices, the IGFA representatives also advise fishermen on how to bring the catch ashore, verify its measurements, and release it while causing as little stress to the fish as possible.
The association’s conservation efforts continue with its IGFA Great Marlin Race program, a partnership with Stanford University that outfits fishermen with research equipment to achieve a better understanding of marlin biology and the cause of pruney fingers. The IGFA also keeps the community engaged with ethical game fishing by hosting school groups and summer camps for kids. Beyond this programming, the IGFA maintains a museum that honors the history of sport fishing and its legendary anglers.
When a pet goes missing, many owners rely on ID collars and microchips— which are merely identification devices and not GPS-capable—to lead them to their lost companion. But of all the animals reunited with their families, 90% were found via word of mouth and fliers plastered around the neighborhood, according to Pet Locator USA. So the staff at Pet Locator USA works to expedite these processes in an effort to more effectively reconnect pets and their human counterparts.
When owners register for Pet Locator USA’s services, they provide photographs of their pet, their contact information, and any special-care instructions. If the furry friend is reported missing, Pet Locator USA immediately distributes a PDF of this information to vets, shelters, animal-control units, and known dog-food speakeasies within a 25-mile radius of the owner’s home or the location where the pet was last seen. Owners can also distribute the fliers themselves via text and social-media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
As a rainbow ribbon or metallic hoop flashes in the air, a young performer stands on her toes and lifts a foot up behind her head, showcasing elegance and flexibility. Rhythmic Art helps children achieve this picture of balance and grace through a curriculum of gymnastics, cheer, and martial arts classes.
Rhythmic gymnastics challenges young bodies to dance and stretch in accordance with official U.S. Gymnastics standards, with props such as ropes, hoops, balls, ribbons, and candelabras. Alternatively, cheer programs impart tumbling skills and motivational stunts to youth of all innate charisma levels, and martial arts classes teach wushu—a modern form of kung fu with kicks, fist blows, and pinky waggles. Smaller children can leap on trampolines and dangle from monkey bars in toned-down baby gymnastics classes, and summer camps incorporate a potpourri of the above physical activities alongside an array of stimulating, off-site field trips.
Freshly back from vacation, a customer walks expectantly into the room. A golden retriever bounds clumsily up, its tongue flapping a rosy greeting and mouth stretched far back into a smile. When the dog?s owner takes up the leash, thanks the staff for caring for her energetic pup, and turns to leave, she feels a tug on the leash. Her dog has planted his feet firmly, trying to back into a sitting position?clearly, he wants them both to stay put.
According to proprietor Lisa Schettino, this is an everyday occurrence at Camp Canine. After a difficult experience finding pet care for her own dog, Lisa set out to create an environment that would not only keep critters safe, but make them want to stay. Now, each Camp Canine location has a resort-style atmosphere sprawled over 9,000?15,000 square feet.
Stressed four-legged friends wiggle with glee during massages, shedding stress from squeaky toys giving them the silent treatment. Against a bass rumble of purring, punctuated by canine yips, green-tea and chamomile facials drive dirt from wrinkled faces and soften wiry fur. As they wait for their next spa appointment, dogs can roam freely in a fenced-in play lot. After tearing through a maze of tunnels and obstacles, they splash into the pool and emerge to toss their cool, wet fur, bejeweling the air with spray. An air-conditioned indoor play area shelters pets from extreme heat and teenagers listening to vacuums at high volume.
Owners too can rest at ease during their pets? vacation, knowing their animals lounge in private rooms with plush bedding and staff on-site 24 hours a day. They check up on their furry friends via scheduled Skype sessions and various webcams set up throughout the facilities. The Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale locations also pick up and drop off pets that haven?t yet learned how to operate a manual transmission.
Technicolor liqueurs stream from bottles and shakers as 786-Bartend infuses the brains of students with 80-proof knowledge. Workshops for intro and advanced mixology—developed by founder Isaac Ergas—begin with international history lessons on the origin and evolution of the modern cocktail. Then barkeeps expound on the spirited synergies of high-quality liquors and common drink ingredients and share veteran bar-backing tips, such as how to open drink umbrellas in a windstorm. Prospective bartenders can opt to complete the 40-hour bartending course, which provides in-depth instruction on drink preparation and presentation, job-interview etiquette, and resumé construction. Taught onsite in an actual nightclub, 786-Bartend’s courses let students serve drinks to real customers who, like regular bar patrons, ignore last call and try to open tabs with library cards.
Spiritualist Sandra guides clients toward inner peace and provides insight into multiple facets of their lives by reading tarot cards, palms, and crystals. Each of her sessions strives to pinpoint and explain any negative energy that may be keeping clients from achieving personal growth or success. Clients are free to pose questions about any type of concern, including those involving relationships, career paths, and fears about the future, before Sandra offers spiritual advice on how to live a more fulfilled life. Sandra also offers chakra work and pet readings.