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The lowest of the lows

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Vol. II, No. 79

An extreme low tide on January 10th left Seymour Rock accessible by foot instead of by boat. Photo by Matt Kanaga.

Yesterday while at my winter post at Longshore Sailing School I looked out on Long Island Sound and noticed things I had never seen before.  The sand bars were much larger than ever and some new ones that I had never seen before were exposed.  Abandoned lobster pots were visible in the Saugatuck River Mouth, mushroom anchor stems had popped up in the mooring field, a large school of fish was caught in a tidal pool, and Grays Creek was nearly empty.

When I looked out towards the islands I noticed a tombolo connecting Seymour Rock to Bluff Point.  I’ve been boating Westport waters for over thirty years, but I have never witnessed Seymour Rock accessible by land.

At this point, there was still a half an hour until low tide, so I quickly got in my car and drove out to Cedar Point.   Sure enough, when I got there I saw a sand bar that extended to the island.  Seymour Rock is a small rocky island that is usually hundreds of yards off the coast of Saugatuck Shores.  I was able to walk there without getting my feet wet!

It was a new moon, but the high tide was not unusual, there was no wind to speak of, so why the extreme low?

-Matt Kanaga

Categories: WaterViews

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