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Friday, 28 October 2016

Traces

It was the day before the full moon and the tide was the lowest we had ever seen at Cabot Beach, Prince Edward Island. The retreating tide had exposed a huge swath of beach 

 

and the sand showed the tidal action. 

 

The imprints in the sand were so unusual, they caught my eye.

 

What happened here?

 

Or here, around the seaweed and clam shell?

 


Low tide also exposed some interesting items such as this egg sack of a skate, commonly known as a mermaid's purse.

 

Crab shells and claws were common as well.

 

Several people had their dogs on the beach and the human and canine footprints could be readily identified. 

 
There were lots of birds around too, gulls, cormorants, plovers, hawks, to name those we could identify. Since cormorants have webbed feet, these tracks don't belong to them.

 

 There was one set of tracks we could not explain, a line of tracks, ending abruptly. There were no human footprints around these prints. Could it be a large bird, which took off, lifting itself more with each step. 

 
 
Later, when we visited Darnley Basin nearby, we saw these traces of tuna caught over the years.

 

Oh! Where is the horse?

30 comments:

  1. The patterns in the sand are pretty and it's always a treat to find unusual things when the tide is out.

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    1. It sure is, Judith. One can love the beach for its treasures alone.

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  2. Those designs in the sand are beautiful, even if mysterious. I like the ones that suddenly end. Definitely a big bird. :-)

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  3. You never know what treasures the retreating tides are going to leave behind! Do you ever find sea glass? Beautiful pictures! And yes, where is the horse, lol!

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    1. People do find sea glass here. I haven't though I have looked, SUI.

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  4. Soothing, eternal and fleeting at the same time.

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  5. A new door on the barn, so its not abandoned. I love walking on the beach at low tide, although I haven't done it in years. Great photos. did you ever figure out wht those back stringy things were?

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    1. No I didn't SS. So much mystery on a beach.

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  6. I would pick up mermaid's purses on the beach in England, and have also found them on the beach in Florida.

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    1. I've seen them in Newfoundland too, Shammi.

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  7. Lovely.
    I do like wandering along the beach. Treasures to be found with every step.
    I hope the horse wasn't bait for those tuna...

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  8. Nature made quite the art exhibit on your beach! I like seeing what the sea and sand create.

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  9. Rippled sand dune is the one I want to see some day in person!

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    1. I hope you have the opportunity to see it, Tomoko.

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  10. Very interesting! This was a great lesson about the ocean. I loved it! Thank you!!!

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    1. A beach is a classroom in many ways, Angela.

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  11. The natural patterns on the sand are just amazing. Nature is so mind-blowing.

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  12. I love those ripples in the sand...so poetic!!

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  13. Lovely sand. It would be so much fun to take a little walk.

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    1. It is wonderful to walk along at low tide. There is always something interesting to discover, Barbara.

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  14. Such interesting patterns in the sand.

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  15. It was wonderful looking at these patterns in the sand with you. Sarah x

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