Category Archives: Cape Cod Wildlife

What Animal Is This On Boat Meadow Marsh On Cape Cod?

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As I was taking a walk to the beach the other day, I saw this very strange “thing” on the marsh. I’m sure the ice from the deep freeze we had a few weeks ago with all of the flooding helped this along. My imagination took over…

Doesn’t it look like a huge animal head coming out of the marsh? You can see the the big head with its mouth and ice tusks and its dark nose up on the left. Its eye is on the top of its head with its ears down to the right. I thought it was so cool.

What do you think? It’s amazing what your imagination can come up with if you let it go…!

 

 

Two Extremely Rare Lobsters At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has two very rare lobsters in their tanks right now. The Orange Lobster is a rare variety of northern lobsters and grows to 44 lbs., making it the heaviest growing Crustacean in the world. Orange Lobsters occur only 1 in every 10 million lobsters.

The Calico Lobster is ever more rare with only 1 in 300 million lobsters.

The variations in their color are due to genetic mutations.

If you’re on Cape Cod, make sure you go to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and see these very cool lobsters!

Baby Terrapin Turtles At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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The baby Terrapin turtles are hatching along the beaches and trails at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. You  can see the nests which have been marked in the photograph below with a cage to keep predators out. The blue tape lets the staff know that the incubation period is right around that time.

Staff at the sanctuary make 2 trips a day out to all of the nests to see if there are any hatchlings. The baby Terrapins cannot survive by themselves in the first hours of their life due to many factors which include  ants, maggots and dehydration from the sun.

After they have absorbed their yolk and regained their energy back at the sanctuary, they are then set free out by their nest. They do not need to eat for quite a while. They never seen their mothers again and will spend most of their life in the water.

The story of the Terrapin turtle is quite fascinating and so interesting to learn about!

Cute Little Baby Bunny On The Trail On Cape Cod

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I have seen so many baby bunnies in the past couple of weeks… on my bike rides and on the trails. It seems like they all have come out of their hutches and are hitting the trails. They are so small and so cute!

I saw this little guy as I was walking from Doane Rock to Coast Guard Beach. He was right on the trail and wasn’t phased by me at all. He just plodded along the path, eating as he went, as I walked by.

Tiny Horseshoe Crab On The Beach On Cape Cod

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This little Horseshoe Crab shell that we saw on Coast Guard Beach the other day was no bigger than a quarter. It was tiny!

“For the horseshoe to grow larger, it must molt and shed its shell. These “molts” can sometimes be found near tidal flats, left by the juvenile crabs who live there for their first year or two.”

Fascinating, don’t you think?