Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Patrick Palmer Lovell's Island trip

We cast off early on the Belle heading on the day long adventure to Lovell's Island.  This location was once the home to a military outpost but is now under the control of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   We left the dock on a bright, sunny and warm day.  The prospective of the city from the boat was incredible.  The trip was smooth and we found are way out to a location where we stopped to get a closer look at some of the fish who are currently making Boston Harbor there habitat.

 We dropped lines and it was not long before we were bringing specimens aboard.  We were able to get up close and personal inspections of a beautiful Black Bass which have a deep purple look to their scales.  It was interesting to learn they are all born female and as they mature they become male and you can distinguish this by a bump on the top of the head. inspection of the stomach contents revealed it was feeding on small shrimp as well as our worms.   We also caught Sea Perch and a Mackerel.  Then can the King, the Striped Bass, this was a beautiful fish.  It stomach was empty upon inspection.  This was fantastic sight, all this in the area of the heavy vessel traffic. 

  We moved on from this location to our destination, Lovell's Island.  The tide was low as we made our way onto the dock.  We took the path across the island passing several camping location.  No running water and carry in carry out.  Was surprised to see the pathways/ roadways paved, Thank you Uncle Sam.  Into the ocean at the end of the path, it was time to explore the tidal pools. 

Hermit crabs all over the place under feet and under rocks.  Turn over a flat rock and it is a goldmine of life.  Invasive crabs of all different sizes running for cover.    A quick lunch and back on the hunt.  Locating more crabs and snails.  Moving to other pools and locating Tunicates, to include Orange Sheath.  Quickly the shoreline faded as the tide made it's move.  We did observe a tiny field of Sea Grass which looks to be newly planted.

 As we made our way back to the shore toward the pathway, we were able to get a closer look at the power of shoreline erosion.  Once back on the trail we were shown the Berman land snails.  A few caught to add to the collection and we were back onto the dock to climb aboard the Belle,  a short boat trip and it was back into the docks at the Barking Crab.  Absolutely the best day!!!

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