If animals and still uncontaminated nature are your bug, we advise you not to miss Chatham, where to see the seals for free all over the year.
Do you remember we already talked to you about the charm that seals have on us as regards Iceland and the icebergs lagoon? Here we are in the further East of Cape Cod peninsula in Massachusetts, in the north-east of the United States.
Chatham – Cape Cod – Massachussetts
Chatham is a surreal place, almost magic. We reach it on 24th December, on Christmas Eve. Cold, wind and humidity lord it in a peace and quietness that it seems to be unbelievable in this place, practically desert today.
As it often happens to the holiday places which are crowded by tourists in Summer, out of season in Winter they regain their own nature, more distinctive and above all their own charm which we like so much.
It’s useless to say that absolutely it worth to suffer a bit – a very little bit! – cold, humidity and cold wind to enjoy these scenarios. Then if you don’t like the idea, I advise you the late autumn.
Cape Cod in winter
Cape Cod peninsula is whole to discover slowly with its endless scenarios, its lighthouses, its boundless beaches…one of the most beautiful places.
Once you arrived to the lighthouse over there, let the wind whips your face while the look is getting lost in the horizon among the endless sandbanks. Its position a bit elevated it’s very good to admire the landscape.
The white sharks hunt the seals
Here the danger of the white sharks is real and tangible. There are really many seals, the colonies are really several and the sharks feed on seals. Among the tips of the board there’s the one to never swim too close to seals.
Over there in the distance, almost in the middle of the sea, you can see some buildings…no…they are ruins, a house? What are they?
A fisherman at the harbour tells us about that and tells us about himself. An entirely inhabited town was swept away very many years ago: he doesn’t remember the exact date from the Ocean Storm, a terrible storm.
Only one house remained and it is still there, proud and stands testifying its past. Sometimes it is used as a holiday house. “Maybe people rent it, too, in Summer it is crowded, I don’t know well…” the fisherman says to us.
Certainly it couldn’t be a better position: in the middle of the sea.
The fisherman goes on and he tells us to know some people who were born in that town, not existent now: someone is still alive but really very old.
In this little harbour you can sight the seals all over the year, since they are linked to the fishing: it’s enough all sorts of fishing boats arrive that you can see also the seals arriving immediately.
He keeps telling us the seals are always there and that today is perhaps the only day of the year we won’t sight them because it’s Christmas Day and there is no fishing. Nobody comes and goes across the sea today.
The lobsters in Chatham
Valeria immediately looks at him disappointed. She isn’t interested in his histories anymore. But since she is always lucky, just when he is telling us today is impossible to sight them, here it is a little fishing boat coming and unloading the lobsters and the cases.
Here in the whole area lobsters are a real delicacy: they cost less and you can find them everywhere and in every dish and by any way.
In Chatham to see for free the seals all over the year
What does it happen? Of course, what happens when there is Valeria, who is always very lucky! A seal comes close up immediately swimming calm in the water on its back.
In a while other seals reach it. One of them has its little one.
As always happens in these situations, the cold and the wind don’t exist anymore, nothing.
We remain hour after hour thrilled admiring them swimming like that.
Even the fisherman says goodbye and goes away because it’s too cold for him but before he advises us to come again absolutely in Summer to see many of them basking in the sun on the sandbanks.
Useful information for the visit
It’s possible to sight the seals also from the river but if the little harbour it’s not enough, all sorts of cruises of any duration and with any boat leave from Chatham and from all the towns in the surrounds to admire seals, sandbanks, sea life and to offer a perspective from the sea.
People fond of Bird Watching will find this area very interesting thanks to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, a charming place reachable only by boat.
There is nothing left to do but wish you a nice visit in this wonderful corner of the world!