Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Magnolia to Misery

This morning my new boat got its first taste of Cape Ann's salty waters on the trip over to Misery Islands from Magnolia.  Not being in the mood for "Great Misery", I decided Little Misery could be better handled on this day.
The opening photo is House Island which I paddled by on the way.

Before leaving Magnolia, I encountered a seal that's been spending considerable time on the beach...
I'm not sure if the seal is ill or may, as someone mentioned, be molting.  A sea gull would occasionally give it a peck.  Other than that the seal wasn't bothered.  When I returned several hours later, the seal was gone.

On the way to Misery I passed this stately home...

...and what looks like a fish pen or perhaps aquaculture project...

By House Island I stopped to watch this two-masted schooner pass the lighthouse on Bakers Island...

This floating cooler cover was the only trash found in the water today...

However, once landed on Little Misery...


 ...one-stop shopping for plastic and styrofoam flotsam was available ...
There were 28 recyclable containers (3 redeemable) and 7 pieces of floatable rubbish.  YTD = 2586

In addition to numerous gulls and cormorants, a lone loon, several eider ducks, and a great egret were seen today.


2 comments:

Robert said...

If I were to count the amount of rubbish I go passed every day. It's pretty disgusting! Maybe I should start tracking it as you do. I think my YTD would be in the thousands too.

Suasco Al said...

Robert, Hopefully, this will be the year the Massachusetts legislature finally says "yes" to expanding our Bottle Bill and thus include all those non-carbonated beverage containers. That could make a huge difference.