Atlantic flotsam, living and otherwise

27 12 2011

Dick Jordan and the rescued loggerhead he assisted.

We’re into the northern winter now, and the ocean tends to churn up more in these cold months than at any other time in the year. November is also known as sea turtle stranding season here in New England, and Seanetter Dick Jordan has sent in a report; a couple of weeks ago he went out to do his beach walk on Cape Cod and ended up assisting a cold-stunned Kemp’s Ridley and a loggerhead! The chilled loggerhead paused for a photo op before his conveyance to the sea turtle rescue center at the New England Aquarium in Boston.

Sea turtles and dead seabirds are by no means the only things tossed ashore in winter; Mary Myers, who also walks the bay side of Cape Cod, sent in a photo of some now very familiar detritus. The sewage discs released from a Hooksett, NH treatment plant back in March. Seanetters have found them as far south as New Jersey, and while their appearance is sporadic, when the wind and waves are right, we get a reminder that millions of these discs were released and they’re still floating around out there, buffeted by the currents.

Whether it’s something you find on your SEANET beach or not, and whether you’re a Seanetter or not, we’re always curious to see what oddities you find out there. So send in your pictures and reports–’tis the season for weird stuff to wash up out there!

Spent shotgun shells and sewage discs: must be the holidays!



2 responses

11 02 2012
Harry, "The Flotsam Diaries"

Interesting that they made it down to New Jersey! Would have though the Gulf Stream would have whisked them away before they got that far south. Do you remember when the Jersey ones were found? I’ve been keeping track of the farthest points north & south they reach, & when.

14 02 2012

It was about a month ago, but I issue a caveat: I have since seen almost identical discs from other sources. The most memorable–the plastic grate on a toy locomotive I saw the other day looks JUST like a Hooksett sewer disc. And since they don’t come imprinted with any info on them, it’s tough to say if the NJ disc was really from NH, or just from some other source.

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