In Chincoteague one of the most fun experiences we had was our boating trip with Captain Barry. He took us out into the sea and the salt marsh, and we actually got to get out of the boat a lot and wade around. It was a multi-sensory kind of boating trip, so we got to taste the salt grass, feel the seaweed (Dead man’s fingers was a favorite.) and hold sea creatures. He’s fantastic with children, and made my daughter feel like the head mate. He had her pulling up traps and fishing out chubs from a tub to throw overboard. She also was put to work grabbing crabs with tongs and tossing them back to sea. We saw the nesting grounds of the laughing gulls that were thick with chicks, and we laughed a lot because Captain Barry is just as funny as he is knowledgeable about his environment.
My husband said this outing was the most fun he’d ever had, and my daughter was so happy to be given so many new responsibilities. She said it was a lot more fun than she thought it was going to be. As for me, I was just amazed by this beautiful eco-system and with the captain’s ability to relate with children and teach something so important in such a fun way. I used to teach elementary school years ago, and I’d love to take my students on such a boat ride. I feel like we’d have a lot more kids interested in science this way. Thanks Captain Barry—and for anyone heading to Chincoteague in the near future, check out Captain Barry’s Backbay Cruises.
This is nori, which is found in sushi of course. We also found agar, which is in ice-cream and vegetarian jello-like products.
Oyster Catcher and Juvenile
Laughing Gull Nests