More Recent Trips and Wildlife

Quahog The Big  Clam

The Quahog takes 40 years to reach 4 inches in length. A four inch long Quahog will filter a gallon of water every hour. In terms of size, this Quahog is classified a “chowder clam” or more commonly in Nova Scotia,  “bar clam”.

Quahogs are among the longest lived marine organisms in the world, capable of  living over 200 years. In 2007, a Quahog was found in Georges Bank which was estimated to be between 405 and 410 years old.

We found this Quahog at the very end of Hay Cove in Back Bay.

Starfish in Hay Cove

Starfish

For starters, Starfish is not a fish at all. A starfish is a boneless, spiny creature classified “echinoderm”. They do not have gills, fins or a skeleton. Turning a Starfish over reveals thousands of tiny suction cup feet which help this creature cling to rocks, and move along.  The mouth is located in the middle of the creature, and sensors on the end of each arm detect light or dark. The creatures mostly eat mussels, periwinkles, and clams.

The are very abundant in Lower Prospect.

Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

These are the most common jelly we see.  There are two specia of Lion’s Mane Jellies in the North Atlantic, which differ in color from blueish to red tones.   These are the among largest jellyfish in the world and we have been seeing many with a bell diameter the size of a basketball, and larger.

They are generally a coldwater species, and tend to settle in shallow bays towards the end of their one-year lifespan.

Lion’s mane jellyfish are not known to have fatal stings however any encounter with an exceptionally large jelly should command medical attention.  Most encounters cause only temporary pain and localized redness.

Shrimp

Shrimp

Shrimp

We see lots of shrimp, particularily around docks and hiding under rocks and seaweed in the intertidal zone.  The shrimp in this photo is likely a dock shrimp, Pandalus danae.

All shrimp are born male before turning into female. Yes folks, shrimp are hermaphrodites!  After first attaining sexual maturity as a male, the shrimp undergoes a sex change during a short transitory period at the age of four or five and then spends the rest of its life as a female.

Below are a few most recent photos from our guided tours, enjoy!

Sunset Paddle

Sunset Paddle

Great Blue Heron in Flight

Hermit Crab on Hearn Island

Hermit Crab on Hearn Island

Hearn Island Beach on a busy Sunday afternoon!

Young Jack is our dockside entertainment on most Friday Evening Specials

The fog encroaches Otter Island. In Nova Scotia we don't tan. We rust.

The granite cliffs of Back Bay make for a spectacular picnic spot!


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