This was such a pretty morning at Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod.
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We were surprised to see this Northern Gannet diving for food at Coast Guard Beach the other day. At first we weren’t sure what kind of diving bird it was as it plummeted into the ocean over and over again.
Northern Gannets dive vertically into the sea at velocities of up to 62mph. It was just amazing to watch. He would fly around for a bit and then dive head first straight into the water while tucking his wings in like a missile.
And then he flew away. It was fun looking in my bird book to identify what kind of diving bird he was. Have you ever seen a Northern Gannet diving into the sea?
One of the trails in the Pamet Trail Area in North Truro on Cape Cod goes to a stunning overlook where, during a winter storm in 2013, the Atlantic Ocean breached the huge sand dunes on Ballston Beach and sent surging waves up the Pamet River all the way to Route 6. It is unbelievable how the coastline changed during that winter storm.
You can see in this photograph how powerful the breach was that winter day as it broke through the dunes.
Pamet Trail is great hike and worth the effort to see these spectacular views. A hike for the whole family!