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: