We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Grey Seals are not uncommon along the Cape Cod ocean beaches. Last summer, they were swimming around 15-20 feet from us, perhaps thinking we were some new sort of seal. They are big, curious, and harmless.
On a drizzly day last week, Mrs. BD and I hiked the beach from Newcomb's Hollow to Cahoon's Hollow (and back). We saw quite a few Greys in the water, looking almost like swimming black Labs.
Signs advise people that it is a crime to harass the seals, but there are no signs telling the seals not to harass the people.
One effect of the growing seal populations is that they attract the big sharks, Great Whites, Hammerheads, and others. Big sharks, of course, cannot distinguish a seal from a swimmer, but shark attacks are not really a problem, despite Jaws. When you see fins ("she's getting four stars from the road"), just get out of the water and read Moby Dick on the beach until they go away.
Photo above is a Grey Seal, resting on a beach.
Photo below is the crowded Cahoon's Hollow beach last week, in Wellfleet. Yes, we did have lunch at The Beachcomber. Duh. Sipp told me he used to pretend to play bass guitar in his band there. They specialize in blues and reggae, nightly during the summer. It feels like a Key West bar - quite cheerful and relaxed - and the seafood is pretty good. If you are under 50, be there or be square... but the music is too late at night for me.
A few pics of the Wellfleet Beachcomber below the fold, for Sipp's amusement -
The Beachcomber, 5 AM:
I had the Cod and Chips. Very light batter and just barely undercooked as it should be. I like my fresh Cod fried rare, with a frozen Marguerita or two:
A few years ago at Monterey Bay in California I went to fishermans wharf and all the boats except one had orange plastic fencing draped around them. The kind of fencing seen on construction sites.
The one boat without it was covered with sea lions. Can you imagine the mess and destruction found by the owner after a few days.
Our government is a heap of sea lion s**t.
A counter-quibble in defense of BD. He never actually identified the location of The Wellfleet Beachcomber as Wellfleet Hollow.
Despite the fact that The Wellfleet Beachcomber may be located in Cahoon Hollow rather than Wellfleet Hollow, it is nevertheless named "The Wellfleet Beachcomber" (judging by the sign tacked up on the place).
It is nice to see the seals now and then. Re: the sharks. I remember one summer a few years back when an orca came into Wellfleet Harbor. From a distance, seeing the dorsal fin, I thought it was a pilot whale (commonly seen in Cape Cod Bay) and chased after it on my windsurfer. When I got up up close I saw it was no pilot whale. It didn't seem all that interested in me or my board though.
I don't remember it being called the Wellfleet Beachcomber but it was a long time ago. Or maybe because we were IN Wellfleet, and there was after all, only one Beachcomber there, we just never noticed.