Monday, August 30, 2021

Beach Report 8/30/21 - Chessie, Is That You?

It was about 85, partly sunny, humid and not especially breezy when we got to the beach late this morning. Almost immediately we ran into to some kids who told us they had just seen a manatee in the harbor, but we still took our normal walk.
The best of 26 shark's teeth, a small but fresh looking White Shark on the left, and a decent parasymphyseal upper Snaggletooth. We also managed 3 drum teeth and a crab claw.
Georgia and Skye stop for a cooling dip in the stream on the way back.
At that point we thought we'd go down to the harbor and see if we could find the manatee. If so, it's likely Chessie, a Manatee that has made more than one visit to Maryland from Florida, including at least one stop in Flag Harbor.
So we checked, and found a Green Heron fishing, and a Double Crested Cormorant sunning himself.
And a big one going by out front. identifies it as the Cape Washington:

CAPE WASHINGTON (IMO: 7826178) is a Vehicles Carrier that was built in 1982 (39 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of USA. It’s carrying capacity is 32386 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 7.8 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 212.44 meters and her width is 32.24 meters.
And a tight school of peanut bunker (small Menhaden) making donuts between the boats. But no Manatee. If Chessie really made another stop in the harbor, and I missed him, I'll be a little disappointed.

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