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The lowest of the lows

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