not all who wander are lost

not all who wander are lost

Thursday, February 25, 2010

join me for the dolphin field visit

I went for a  LONG walk today in the mist and drizzle. The tide was on its way out so I decided to walk down to the canoe and along the beach. I was thinking of the time a few months ago when Erik, Leo and I found three dolphins, one of them still alive on this beach. I was thinking, "even though I'll probably never see that again, I'll forever be on the lookout." I rounded the corner and began walking along the marsh when I saw a dolphin. Beached on the grasses of the marsh. I walked into the muck to get a closer look. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was in fact dead.

When I got back home, I called the Cape Cod Stranding Network.  They asked if I had taken a photograph which I hadn't but said if it'd be helpful, I'd soooooooo go back and do that. It would be incredibly helpful they said. I go. With a mission.

I thought you might be interested in coming along for a little field work for the Cape Cod Stranding Network. Let's walk:

Most of the strandings of whales, porpoises, dolphins, and seals in Cape Cod occur in the Wellfleet Bay area. The reasons are not fully understood but scientists and residents agree that the geographical formations of the area create confusion for these animals. Some say there is something of a magnetic anomaly within the bay. Animals that use sonar to help with orientation often become disoriented within the bay. Very interesting.....and tragic. The Cape Cod Stranding Network is busy collecting information on every reported animal and through this information they'll continue to learn....

Thanks for coming, fellow friends of the sea~

If you're interested, Cape Cod Stranding Network:

1 comment:

della said...

I'm sorry that the dolphin was already dead. Thank you for taking us along on your return trip to say good-by to this lovely sea creature.