Tuesday, 02 October 2012 16:26
Students from Riverside, IL asked some good questions about the anchor in yesterday's Daily Data. We figured that everyone would like to learn about this massive anchor. It weighs 7,000 pounds. It was salvaged off Newport, RI. It matches British Admiralty specifications for a bower anchor of a 74 gun ship that was used during the American Revolution and War of 1812. It was probably lost by one of the British warships that blockaded Newport during the Revolutionary War.
On with today's information. . . we left early this morning to catch a favorable current. We weren't sure how strong the current would be in Long Island Sound. Based on our previous day's paddling, we knew that we would make slow progress if the current was flowing against us. Today, we timed it right. The weather was warm. Sun in the morning gave way to clouds and rain in the afternoon. We saw several large jellyfish near the surface of the water. We had an opportunity to watch many tiny fish splash around near the surface. They were probably doing this because bigger fish were trying to eat them from below. Then gulls swarmed and ate quite a few of them from above.
Distance traveled: 30 miles by kayak
5 Ring-billed Gulls
30 Herring Gulls
35 Great Black-backed Gulls
12 Bonaparte's Gulls
2 Monarch Butterflies
3 Common Loonsblog comments powered by Disqus