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Sea turtle Nesting Season and How to Protect Our Beaches

Posted by Jody on May 7, 2013

  • It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests.
  • If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone.
  • Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography.
  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach by closing the drapes at night. Lights disturb nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
  • While enjoying the beautiful beaches during the day, avoid disturbing marked sea turtle nests, and please take your trash with when you leave the beach.
  • When crossing a dune, please use designated cross overs and walk ways. Do not climb over the dunes or disturb the dune vegetation.
  • Interested in taking a guided sea turtle hike? Here’s a list of organizations permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct public turtle watches.

The sea turtle nesting season runs from May 1-October 1.

Florida’s Space Coast is located 35 miles east of Orlando on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. With over than 72 miles of sandy beaches, the Space Coast is the “gateway to the stars, home of East Coast surfing and the world’s second busiest port.”

I Need My Space

The first of May officially marked the beginning of the sea turtle nesting season in the state of Florida.  Although we want people to come to Florida’s Space Coast to enjoy our beaches, we also want residents and visitors to be aware that they’re not the only ones out there.

To ensure the survival of sea turtles, but still enjoy yourself on our coast here’s a short list of things to remember during sea turtle season:

  • It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests.
  • If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone.
  • Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography.
  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield…

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Get Away from the Crowds at Cocoa Beach, Florida

Posted by Jody on April 19, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Post Writer is Bridget Sandorford:

Florida is known for its beautiful and diverse beaches, which offer a little bit of something for everyone, from families with small children to retirees to college students looking to have a fun vacation. Daytona Beach, Palm Beach and South Beach get some of the most attention with vacationers, but Cocoa Beach offers a much more relaxed experience for those interested in getting off the beaten path.

Empty Cocoa Beach on a cloudy day (Dennis Adams, Federal Highways Administration, via Wikimedia Commons)

Empty Cocoa Beach on a Cloudy Day (Dennis Adams, Federal Highways Administration, PD-USGov via Wikipedia)

Cocoa Beach is located about an hour-and-a-half south of its more popular cousin, Daytona Beach. But when you drive up to the soft, white sandy shore of Cocoa Beach, you won’t be inundated by droves of college students and other partygoers. The vibe at Cocoa Beach is much more relaxed and peaceful — which makes sense considering that it’s a mecca for retirees. According to the 2010 census, the median age in Cocoa Beach is 54, with 62 percent of the population being older than 45.

That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot for families to enjoy at Cocoa Beach! There are a number of attractions in the area, including the Cocoa Beach Pier and the Alan Shepard Beachfront Park. Of course, the two most notable landmarks are Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, which receives 2 million visitors a year, and the Kennedy Space Center. Though you can no longer watch the space shuttle launches from the shores of Cocoa Beach – – something I enjoyed doing as a child growing up in Florida — you can still take your children to the space center and learn a lot about our explorations into the final frontier.

Cocoa Beach Pier Cocoa Beach, Florida (Lane 4 Imaging via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach, Florida (Lane 4 Imaging via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

If all that’s not enough for you, you can also check out the Thousand Islands Conservation Area and the Cocoa Beach Aquatic Center and Pool Complex. Of course, a drive down the scenic A1A — and enjoy sharing your love of “Ice, Ice Baby” with your kids (who just won’t get it).

With the summer months approaching, the beaches are bound to start getting crowded. If you want to get off the beaten path and enjoy a little slower pace that will allow you to truly enjoy your vacation and spend some quality time with your family, consider Cocoa Beach.

 About the Author: Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching culinary school in Hawaii. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

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Even more helpful links: Visit Cocoa Beach.com

Visit Florida.com

Visit Space Coast Blog

*Bridget, you are so right! Cocoa Beach is a lovely place to visit. The girls and I once took a day trip to this area just because Major Nelson and Jeannie made their home in Cocoa Beach. It was a beautiful day on a very clean, uncrowded beach! Thanks so much for the wonderful post and for reminding me of a great day at the beach! ~Jody*

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What the heck?

Posted by Jody on January 18, 2013

I just received a note from Tonya who was lucky enough to be on the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina last weekend. She found this very interesting looking beach treasure at Hatteras and tells me: “It was on the beach along with some other odd looking shells I never have seen.”

Tonya's Beach Treasure from Hatteras, North Carolina

Tonya’s Beach Treasure from Hatteras, North Carolina

Let’s have some fun!

Can anyone identify this peculiar looking beach find for Tonya? Thank you for playing along!

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Be sure to check out some of the other responses in the comment section below!

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Two Chi-Town Gals on Daytona Beach, Florida

Posted by Jody on September 17, 2012

Today’s Featured Writers are Mary Hilgart and Linda Kolman

Daytona Beach Shores, Florida (Photo by Mary Hilgart)

I had a wonderful opportunity last week when an old friend of mine asked me to join her in Daytona Beach.  We stayed in a condo in Daytona Beach Shores, which is very residential.  There are many high-rise rentals and a few hotels.  This area is a bit south of the touristy area of Daytona Beach proper.

Photo by Mary Hilgart

From one side we could see the Atlantic Ocean, and the other side was the Halifax River.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse (Photo by Mary Hilgart)

A short distance to the south is Lighthouse Point Park and Recreation Area.  There is a nice lighthouse that you can tour for $5 per person.

Photo by Mary Hilgart

There is also a turtle refuge nearby and a jetty on the beach which attracts many surfers just waiting for the right wave.

Photo by Mary Hilgart

Oh, looks like they found one!

Crabby Joe’s Deck & Grill on the Sunglow Pier in Daytona Beach Shores (Photo by Mary Hilgart)

Another popular attraction to this area is Crabby Joe’s Deck & Grill.  This is a very large pier that stretches over the ocean.  On the opposite side of this structure is a bar, restaurant, and a gift shop.

North Turn (Photo by Linda Kolman)

There are many places to eat along the shore or on the river.  North Turn had a great outdoor deck with a beautiful view.  We got caught in a little rain, but there is also a large covered open air space that is just as nice.

Photo by Mary Hilgart

The thing that makes Daytona Beach different from any other is that you are allowed to drive your car on the beach!

This area is a very beautiful and peaceful one.  The sand on this beach is fine and packs easily, without too many shells.  So, it makes it easy to walk, run, or even ride a bike!

Photo by Mary Hilgart

The best thing of all is that you can catch the most beautiful sunrises on the beach.  I’m sure the birds agree, as they have all come out to be spectators!

Childhood friends: Authors Mary and Linda (& Jody)

St. William School, Class of 1972

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Exploring Dead Horse Bay

Posted by Jody on September 14, 2012

Here’s to great beachcoming days! As our friend at Blue Dot Jewelry said: “I guess it takes a trash dump to find the real goods! :-)”

Many thanks to Blue Dot Jewelry for sharing an interesting day and some very surprising seashore finds with us.

Blue Dot Jewelry

For years I’ve only known of this area by its bleak name, and its history as the location of several horse rendering plants, and then as a late 19th-century trash dump. I had no interest in visiting.

However, the dump has begun to resurface, bringing glass, ceramics and other treasures to the tide’s edge. We learned this through an article that Arthur stumbled upon earlier this week. It inspired us to take a de-stressing day trip down to see what we might find.

The bay is simple to access, just to the west of Floyd Bennett Field, via the Q35 bus. We walked another half mile past the bus stop, along the road and then through a stretch of lush dunes, to find the beach. It’s unmistakable. I’ve never see a beach strewn with so much stuff.

Much of what is there is just trash, but more than anything there is glass, in…

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Riding High in Newport, Rhode Island! Brenton Point State Park

Posted by E.G.D. on September 10, 2012

Today’s featured writer is F. Travis Riley, whom you might recognize as the photographer from the Hanauma Bay article earlier this year.  Enjoy!

A Texan on Newport’s Coast

A Day at the Brenton Point Seaside (Photo by F. Travis Riley)

Howdy folks!  For Texans, it may seem strange to ever think about leaving Texas, as great as our state is, but sometimes you get the desire to see something different from your own neck of the woods.  And let me tell you, my day at the beach in Newport was much different from back home, or even from how I would have imagined it!

A Newport Mansion in Fog (Photo by F. Travis Riley)

An imagined scene from a murder mystery thriller (Photo by F. Travis Riley)

Normally when I think of the New England coast, the first thoughts I come up with are of foggy rock cliffs, murder mysteries in old-style mansions, and the occasional eldritch horror from below the depths of the sea!  I expected no less when visiting and was struck with some amazing photos and views that seemed to come out of a detective film.

However, Newport, much like any living place, has its own moods and seasons, and I was lucky enough to be escorted by some local residents on a beautiful sunny day to the seashore for a little tour of the local beach.  We drove down Ocean Avenue, following the coastline and ending up in Brenton Point State Park, and from there we began our day-trip to this wonderful area.

Kites on the Beach (Photo by F. Travis Riley)

As you can see, during the clear days, you can get an amazing view of not only the sea, but also of the locals at play.  The wind coming off the waves not only has a delicious scent of sea-salt, but gives an amazing view of people flying their kites!

Sadly I could not get any up-close, but the dots in the picture at the top of this article show just how high and far you can fly a kite on those days, and it wasn’t even what I would call “blustery” that day!  Imagine how high and far a good strong gust would take you.  You might even make it over the pond and find yourself in London by accident.

The Beach (Photo by F. Travis Riley)

Traveling down to the actual shore, I was surprised to find not sand, but instead rocks and tidal pools.  No walking barefoot down here!  Instead, keep your shoes on and take up a little climbing, as parts of the shore will be worn away to different heights, leaving not only an exercise in endurance and balance, but pockets of sea life left behind by the tides.

You can find all sorts of snails, small fish, and insect life in these little tidal pools.  Unfortunately, while my companions could name and identify them all, I could only recognize them as “too small to fry”.  However, I was amazed at their natural camouflage, as well as the variety of species that could live in comfort.  It definitely gave new perspective to the idea of being a big fish in a small pond, and I could only imagine the cycle of life that constantly raised a new generation of new fish (as well as took the mature ones out to sea) going on every day and night, all across the seashore.

Tide Pool Life (Photo by F. Travis Riley)

After a foray out to the sea and small hike around the area, coming back I stopped by the monuments and read some of the history of the area.  Though often romanticized, life on the sea is both thrilling and fearful.

The old cliché of the sea being a harsh mistress seems all too true, looking over the monuments to those who went out and never returned.  I could imagine standing there when the fog rolled in and seeing the ghosts of the past still out there on the waves, searching for a way back home.

A Mast for a Monument (Photo by F. Travis Riley)

“In Memory Of” (Photo by F. Travis Riley)

Yet, it is also beautiful, and to see a different view of it than I’ve seen from my native home makes me appreciate it all the more.  I can only hope I visit again when the storms come rolling in, and see yet another side of this majestic view.  Until then though, the thoughts of a warm sun, clear blue skies, and a chill wind will remind me of the enjoyment I’ve had visiting this different and unique landscape, and they give me reason enough to return again in the future.

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Maine Open Lighthouse Day 2012 & 2013

Posted by Jody on August 24, 2012

Update: The fifth annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day will occur on 9/14/13!

So many folks who love heading to the beach also enjoy visiting lighthouses.  We like to search out nearby lighthouses when we travel to the coast.  It’s especially fun when you get to actually take a tour of the lighthouse, too!  Whether your tour is self-guided, headed by a park employee, or led by a friendly volunteer, a trip to one of these coastal treasures is a surefire way to learn about the history of the area.  It’s a bit of a climb to get to the lantern room on top of the tower, but the rewards are well worth the effort because you’re then treated to amazing views of the the vast ocean/river/lake, the often rugged coastline and the beautiful beaches stretched out below.

Portland Head Lighthouse (Photo by Rapidfire,from Wikimedia Commons)

Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine (Photo by Rapidfire, from Wikimedia Commons)

4th Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Saturday, September 15, 2012

For lighthouse enthusiasts, September 15th is the date to circle on the calendar!  The State of Maine, the United States Coast Guard, and the non-profit American Lighthouse Foundation are all teaming up to “increase awareness of Maine’s maritime heritage and the rich history of its lighthouses and lighthouse keepers” in the fourth annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

Twenty four historic lighthouses and the Maine Lighthouse Museum are listed by VisitMaine.com as participants  for the  Maine Open Lighthouse Day. Which beacons will you climb?

 Lace up your sturdy shoes! This is going to be fun!

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Maine (Photo by Roger H. Goun, from Wikimedia Commons)

Feel free to share your special lighthouse story with us!  We’d love to hear from you.

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Wild Horses and Spanish Galleons: The History and Mystery of Assateague Island

Posted by Jody on August 15, 2012

Today’s Featured Writer: John Amrhein, Jr.,  American Maritime Historian and Author

Misty of Chincoteague Shares Common Origins with Treasure Island

Assateague’s Wild Horses linked to two children’s classics

For centuries wild horses have roamed Assateague Island, a barrier sand bar that lies off the coast of Maryland and Virginia in the U.S. Legend says that these horses swam ashore from a wrecked Spanish galleon centuries ago. In 1947, Marguerite Henry published Misty of Chincoteague which made the horses known around the world. In 1961, her story was made into a movie. Millions of tourists visit Assateague each year drawn not just by sand beaches but the wild horses.

Wild horses on Assateague Island. Legend says that they came from a wrecked Spanish galleon centuries ago. -Photo by John Amrhein, Jr.

In 1983, American maritime historian, John Amrhein, Jr., located the legendary Spanish galleon, called La Galga, which ran ashore on Assateague in a hurricane on September 5, 1750. But unlike most shipwrecks, she was found in a long forgotten inlet buried beneath the sands of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Amrhein reported his discovery in a formal report to the Department of the Interior which was duly recorded in NOAA’s database of shipwrecks.

La Galga was not alone in her journey that began August 18, 1750, in Havana, Cuba. There were six other ships that had joined in with La Galga to make the trip back to Spain. None of them realized that this decision would be a fatal one even though their sole purpose was to take advantage of La Galga’s armament that consisted of fifty-six cannons carried on two decks. The six other ships had to wait for last minute cargo changes and for crew to come aboard La Galga. These delays put them in the path of an approaching hurricane.

Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina. The story of Treasure Island began here. -Photo by John Amrhein, Jr.

One of the ships, the treasure galleon, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, ultimately came to anchor disabled in the harbor of Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, in what is known today as Teach’s Hole, named after the legendary pirate Blackbeard who was killed there in 1718. The treasure was threatened from many directions. The governor of North Carolina wanted it, and dispatched a British warship; the Spanish crew wanted it and was prepared to mutiny; and the locals who lived along the beach who remembered the Spanish atrocities committed only a few years before, were making their own plans of revenge.

Enter Owen Lloyd and his peg-legged brother, John. They were two merchant captains from Hampton Roads, Virginia, who had been diverted from their intended voyage to St. Kitts because of a leak in their sloop. They too suffered at the hands of the Spanish in the recent war.

Owen Lloyd was clever and bold. After the Spaniards transferred the treasure onto two English sloops in the harbor for shipment to Norfolk, Lloyd saw his window of opportunity. He convinced the English sloop captains to give him and his one-legged brother control of the sloops. On October 20, 1750, while the Spanish guards were having lunch, the sloops weighed anchor and made for the inlet without firing a shot. John Lloyd ran aground and was captured. He later escaped but without his share of the booty. Owen and eleven others made it to the British Virgin Islands where on November 13, 1750, the treasure was divided up – four chests per man – and was buried on Norman Island. Lloyd then returned to his wife at St. Kitts only to find he was a wanted man. He was captured at nearby St. Eustatius and condemned to hang. Once again utilizing his cunning and charm, he was able to bribe the guards making his escape in the middle of the night. Lloyd then sought refuge at St. Thomas with his wife. Two years later, at the age of thirty-five, he was dead.

Norman Island, British Virgin Islands is the real Treasure Island. One of these coves is called Money Bay. -Photo by John Amrhein, Jr.

Lloyd’s Legacy

Soon after Lloyd buried his treasure it was recovered and found its way into the hands of peasants and governors alike as it was disbursed around the Caribbean. His story became legend. Exactly one hundred years later to the day, on November 13, 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson was born. In 1883, he published the fictional story that was sequel to this true life adventure. The entire story revolves around a treasure map dated 1750 found in a dead pirate’s sea chest. Coincidentally, Norman Island lies only four miles from Dead Chest Island. (Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of rum!)

Treasure map dated 1750 from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island

 

Dead Chest Island, British Virgin Islands, lies only four miles from Norman Island, the real Treasure Island. -Photo by John Amrhein, Jr.

Treasure Island has been made into numerous movies and plays. In 1950, Walt Disney made the first color version of Treasure Island which was Disney’s first non-animated film. From this movie, Robert Newton, who played Long John Silver, gave us the now infamous pirate growl, Arrrr! Inspired by its success, Disney graduated into the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Wild ponies swim from Assateague to Chincoteague at the annual pony swim and auction. -Photo by John Amrhein, Jr.

At Assateague, the legacy of the 1750 event is still celebrated with the annual pony swim and auction held each year at Chincoteague Island during the last week of July. The tomb of the shipwreck of La Galga, the only known remnant of this great historic event that gave us two classics in literature, has been embargoed by the Kingdom of Spain. In spite of the fact that it rests under sovereign U.S. soil, in a federal wildlife refuge, and no one died on board in 1750, the U.S. has allowed Spain to block any archaeological verification of the wreck without benefit of any treaty or act of Congress.

The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean. There would be no Pirates of the Caribbean without Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, a story based on true events in 1750. -Photo by Kevin Stanchfield/Wikimedia Commons

Photo below: John Amrhein, Jr. with the model of La Galga. Without this shipwreck there would have been no Misty of Chincoteague or Treasure Island. The model was built by his partner in the Galga project, Bill Bane.

Author, John Amrhein, Jr.

John Amrhein, Jr. has written two books that tell the story the amazing history of the 1750 fleet: The Hidden Galleon and Treasure Island: The Untold Story.

You can find John’s blog at Mother Hawkins’ Hole.

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Birding on the Beach in the Sunshine State

Posted by alainaflute on April 11, 2012

Wildlife Wednesday on BeachTreasuresandTreasureBeaches has brought us many articles on all kinds of fun beach critters: horses, mice, and dolphins, oh, my! But there is definitely one beach-goer that all beaches have in common: birds. In the words of David McRee, Visit Florida Beaches Expert, “Beaches and birds: they’re a natural pairing.” Florida beaches are great places to birdwatch, and in his Birding on the Beach article on VisitFlorida.com, David McRee tells us how to identify these noisy, fine-feathered beach-goers. You may be surprised at just how many varieties there are!

Best known by the moniker “sea”, gulls come in many varieties: herring gulls, laughing gulls, and ring-billed gulls.

Laughing gulls, so named because their call sounds like a laugh, are easily identified by their black head and red bill. Herring gulls are much larger, with a white head. The small, ring-billed gull has a black ring around its yellow bill. They all tend to intermingle.” These birds are bold and daring, so please don’t feed them!

Let’s take a tern (yeah, yeah, I couldn’t help myself). Terns look like gulls, white above and gray below, but they are a bird of a different feather! How can you tell them apart? “They have a lighter, more buoyant flight with sleeker, narrower bodies and wings, forked tails and very sharp beaks. Terns will hover briefly over the water, 10 to 30 feet in the air, and then dive gracefully to catch a fish.”

There are a few different kinds of terns. The Royal tern is the largest and has an orange bill. The Caspian tern‘s bill is red. The smallest tern is the Least tern, and last but not least (again, couldn’t resist) is the Common tern with a black cap and an orange-red bill.

Shorebirds are those cute, little birds that will run away instead of fly away when you get closer. I used to call them Sandpipers because I didn’t know what else to call them! Now I know that Sanderlings, Dowitchers and Willets are more specific ways to identify these little beach joggers.

Sanderlings are one of the smallest shorebirds (about 6 inches long). They have black bills, black eyes, and black legs. Dowitchers are a little larger and are usually gray or light brown with a long, thin bill. The Willet is one of the larger shorebirds. With long bills, long legs, and a grey body, they are fairly easy to pick out, especially if they are hanging out with their shorter shorebird friends.

Now for the elegant seabirds. Herons and Egrets are beautiful, long-legged birds that can be found near water anywhere in Florida. White Herons and Egrets and Grey or Blue Herons are of the more common varieties.

Some other birds you can spy by the sea in Florida are the Roseate Spoonbill, the White Ibis, the Black Skimmer, the Oystercatcher, and the Brown Pelican.

There is plenty more to know about beach birding in Florida: how to respect birds nesting on the beach, keeping beaches clean, what to do if you see a bird in distress, and the best places to find birds. Read this important information in David McRee’s article on VisitFlorida.com!

Who knew there was so much to know about these seemingly common beach creatures? It’s time to hit the beach with our binoculars and field guide to see just how many kinds of beach birds we can identify!

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The Wild Horses of Assateague Island, Maryland

Posted by Jody on March 7, 2012

A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.~Pam Brown, author

Wild Horse of Assateague Island National Seashore (PD-USGov-NPS)

The wild horses of Assateague Island National Seashore are descendants of domesticated horses brought to this beautiful, barrier island over 300 years ago.

This hardy herd has adapted to life on the sandy shores and marshes of Assateague Island. According to the National Park Service’s The Wild Horses of Assateague Island Brochure, “Horses tough enough to survive the scorching heat, abundant insects, stormy weather and poor quality food found on this windswept barrier island have formed a unique wild horse society.” Today’s Assateague horses are short of stature due to hundreds of years of grazing on the nutrient-poor beach grass, saltmeadow hay and saltmarsh cordgrass.

Wild Horses of Assateague (Photo by VitaleBaby/Wikipedia)

The horses on the Maryland side of Assateague Island National Seashore are owned and managed by the National Park Service.  Wild and roaming freely, they might be seen anywhere in the park. “During the summer months many bands can be found on the beach. You can often see the horses and other wildlife by driving slowly along park roads.”

…Cooler fall weather and fewer insects allow the bands to move from the beaches back to the marshes and their abundant grasses.”

When visiting, it is very important to respect these coastal residents as wild animals. They are fascinating to watch and photograph, but only do so from a distance. Every year, there are visitors who get a beating for getting too close (by the horses, that is). It’s also a harmful mistake to feed the horses. They can become sick from human food, and if they learn to beg for food by the road, they are likely to get hit and killed by a car. Be  sure to read the National Park Service’s brochure on Viewing the Assateague Horses Safely for more information.

What a great day at the beach:  surf, sand, sunshine and wild horses!

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