Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5/24 Creatures of the Sea

The seas were down and we headed back out into the ocean from Atlantic City to Manasquan, NJ.  We started in the sunshine but it turned to rain several times.  The seas stayed under 4 feet and were really smooth at the end of the day.

The highlight of the day was to see a sunfish.  We were about 2 miles offshore of Seaside Heights, NJ.   John saw a fin first and swung around so we could get a better look.  Sunfish are the largest bone fish.  They are huge and can range from 250 to 2000 pounds. Here are two pictures. 

There is an organization www.sunfish.org that tracks them around the world, so I sent them our pictures with our latitude and longitude and time of day we saw the sunfish.   I hope this helps their research.

We also passed Barnegat Lighthouse.  Another famous lighthouse on a cloudy day.
Surprises at Manasquan
We pulled into Hoffman's Marina.  The current in Manasquan inlet was running fast toward low tide.  We passed through the railroad bridge and were assigned to the T head of E dock.  It wasn't long until we heard the railroad horn go off.  This railroad bridge is for Amtrak trains.  Here one goes over the railroad bridge right behind our boat.
On the other side of the marina is a bridge that is very pretty too.
Last year, when we went to the AGLCA spring rendezvous, we met Dave and Claudia.  They are originally from Texas.  Their plan was to sell their house and buy a boat.  Shortly, after we were settled, they pulled in aboard their boat.  Looks like we will be on close to the same looping schedule they are.  They are nice people and I am glad to see them.

Lat 40 degrees 6.38 North
Long 74 degrees 3.07 West

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