High tide and waves on Good Harbor Beach left beautiful sand caligraphy | chorda filum seaweed #GloucesterMA

Also known as  bootlace seaweed, mermaid’s tresses, mermaid’s fishing line, dead man’s rope, and

Sea Whip: Chorda Filum resembles a long whip which can be from 10 to 70 cm long and is very deep brown. it grows in a long strand from a disc holdfast. It looks much like rope or cord, and hence its name. It is found in the sublittoral area or often washed ashore after heavy wave action. It ranges from new Jersey to northern Labrador.” Sarah Fraser Robbins and Clairice Yentsch, the Sea is All About Us, 1973. Chorda filum was not present when I wrote about seaweed on Long Beach after the 2016 fall Storm Hermine.

What a dreamy, atmospheric and wide open beach this Easter morning. Prior high tide reached more than half way into post and rope refuge sites for the piping plovers, though plenty of stretches of dry sand moguls remained. The birds were foraging at the water’s edge.

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Heavy surf and high tide rough on heavy equipment at Long Beach

Views today were taken an hour before the afternoon high tide. Prior high tide left its mark, and I expect more tomorrow with such high winds predicted.

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2019 winter repairs

Feb 8 prepping for repairs

So this is high tide #RockportMA and winter shoveling WINDY after super snow moon

Rockport, Mass.- Shoveling Windy just before high tide after the super snow moon

winter shoveling windy Rockport MA_20190221_© catherine ryan

And then the dinghy.

and then the dory_Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (1)

Just before high tide

 

 

just before high tide_Rockport Ma Motif 1_ after super snow moon_20190221_© catherine ryan
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Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (2)
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Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (3)
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Winter tide- Rockport Massachusetts Motif 1_February 18 2019 © catherine ryan
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shoveling windy GIF_Winter Rockport Massachusetts Harbor just before morning high tide after big full moon_20190221_© cryan (1)

GOOD HARBOR BEACH SUPER HIGH TIDE

I had an unexpected extra afternoon off with Charlotte so we decided to check out today’s high tide and waves at Good Harbor Beach. In some areas, the tide came up all the way to the edge of the bluff. The waves weren’t high, but the undertow was super, super strong, nonetheless, folks were swimming and surfing in the surprisingly warm water. 

You can see in the above photo how high was the tide today.

Sand taste-testing

Foot-print-making

Ssshhhing nobody but me, then time for a quick catnap
See you again soon beach!

Paths of destruction winter storm damage Riley Long Beach #GloucesterMA

Damage everywhere we looked this morning, low tide, about 8am, March 4, 2018. With surf high at low tide, we expect the next high tide to surge more.

Guts of seawall exposed Winter Storm Riley March 4 2018 Gloucester MA Long Beach ©C Ryan _151948 (47)
Long Beach seawall sink holes

Long Beach seawall; Rockport Road; Gloucester and Rockport

Some evident damage to coastal homes in Gloucester MA and front row cottages by Long Beach pedestrian walkway. Surf inside and out found paths of entry.

The Long Beach pedestrian bridge was damaged. The boulder barrier seawall was cut down by half, maybe more.

dramatic change sea wall cut down by half Winter Storm Riley March 4 2018 Gloucester MA Long Beach ©C Ryan _151948 (32)

rip rap exposed as far as the eye can see, Long Beach (looking from Rockport back to Gloucester, MA) Note every platform from the stairs was ripped away

video of surf looking to Gloucester end of Long Beach. Would not risk this walk at storm high tides- note multiple crests with each surge Continue reading “Paths of destruction winter storm damage Riley Long Beach #GloucesterMA”

Good Harbor Beach footbridge and duck duck storm

winter shower 🙂

High tide by the Good Harbor Beach footbridge, one day ahead of the anticipated rare lunar trifecta, aka “Super Blue Blood Moon”. 

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ducks sought drier grounds 

Duck duck storm

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SUPER HIGH TIDES AND LITTLE CHICK IN SLO MO

Arriving at the beach at 5:30 this morning, Little Chick and Papa Plover were found quickly, both feeding in the the intertidal zone, and both doing beautifully, despite the previous day’s cold, wet, and windy weather.

What first caught my attention though was the fact that the high tide line was up to the edge of the dunes, so high that if a similar super high tide had happened in June, the PiPl nest would have been flooded. Are we experiencing a King Tide I wonder? I have been filming daily at GHB since April and have not previously seen the high water mark quite so high this season. Meteorologists reading this post, please let us know what you think. Google wasn’t much help. Thank you!

The seaweed deposited from last night’s tide shows that the high tide was up to the edge of the dunes in some areas.

With the tide so high, Papa and the chick were not feeding in the wrack line, no insects I imagine. We’ve all seen short little flights, but no sustained flights as of yet. I am not surprised as this coincides with what was recorded last summer filming Plovers.    

Yesterday morning and today were too wet and drizzly to use the good cameras, especially my new (and this time, insured) lens, but I did have my cell phone with. The first shows Little Chick running in average speed, not the top speed in which he is capable. The second, in slo mo. He really is the cutest, a small little bird with a big huge personality 🙂