Down By the Bay….
One of my favorite things to do at Cape Cod, which I haven’t gotten to do in years, is to walk out into the Bay on low tide. I used to do it with my dad every year and he taught me tons of things about the bay wildlife. So, one of my very first stops when I got to the cape was down at First Encounter Beach to see what time low tide was. The first day we were there it was 7:50. Perfect! We could go to the beach and then come back to the bay and walk out around 6 with the tide! I love sharing my infinite wisdom with others, so you can only imagine how happy I was that Ben was actually willing, and excited to go on a science adventure with me.
We got to the Bay around 6 and started walking out, of course it was a slow start, but then again, it always is. None of the “good stuff” is around until you’ve walked out into the water at least a half mile. So we kept on walking and walking and ended up seeing everything from razor clams to spider crabs, and most things in between. I will say that although I love seeing and touching all the cool things in the ocean, I do scream from time to time when crabs “chase” me, and I don’t like putting my hands in places where I can’t see them, nor do I like walking through the weeds. I know that’s where lots of cool things hide, but it just kind of creeps me out not knowing what my poor feet are going to land on. I may or may not have basically jumped into Ben’s arms a few times as I got nipped by those feisty crabs, but that’s ok, he probably secretly enjoyed it
The few things we didn’t see that I wanted to see was a horseshoe grab, a huge moon snail, and whelk. Ben has seen a horseshoe crab before, but not a whelk, so it would have been cool to discover one in the wild.
Here’s all the cool stuff we DID see:
Posted on August 8, 2012, in Mother Nature, Travel, trips and tagged bay, cape cod, clam, eastham, first encounter beach, hermit crab, horseshoe crab, knowledge, lady crab, marine life, mating, mollusk, moon snail, ocean, oyster, razor clam, scallop, shell, skate, skate egg case, spider crab, sunset. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.