Something Blue: The Life of the Inimitable Maryland Blue Crab
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Something Blue: The Life of the Inimitable Maryland Blue Crab

Ah, the legendary Maryland blue crab! To some, there may be that nostalgia of catching them off a dock or indulging in a multi-hour crab feast, and to…

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Rays in the Bays? The Differences Between Skates and Rays in our Waterways
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Rays in the Bays? The Differences Between Skates and Rays in our Waterways

Wonderous and wildly misunderstood; there’s no other way to describe rays… or is it skates? Is there a difference? Wait, what even is a skate? Contrary to popular…

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Pardon Me: The Eastern Wild Turkey’s Return to the Shore
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Pardon Me: The Eastern Wild Turkey’s Return to the Shore

Birds of Bounty Five species of turkeys can be found in the United States, but only the Eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is found in Maryland. The Eastern…

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Pippi Returned to the Atlantic from Assateague
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Pippi Returned to the Atlantic from Assateague

Pippi Longstocking was rescued, spent nine months in rehab and was released on November 11, 2020.  She doubled her weight, underwent surgery to remove her ear canal, and…

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Alewife: An Oktoberfest Star
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Alewife: An Oktoberfest Star

October is a month of many occasions, Halloween, Oktoberfest, and the lesser known but equally important annual return of anadromous fish from our watershed to their ocean habitats.…

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Is that a Crab?! Crabs in Camouflage
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Is that a Crab?! Crabs in Camouflage

Did you know that many crustaceans use camouflage to hide from predators? When visiting the Coastal Bays be sure to pay attention to your surroundings, you might just…

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Striped Burrfish: The Not so Common Creature
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Striped Burrfish: The Not so Common Creature

If you’re lucky enough, when visiting Ocean City, and Maryland’s Coastal Bays, you may spot a Striped Burrfish!! Is it a pufferfish? What is the difference? When looking…

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The Brilliant and Brainless Jellyfish
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The Brilliant and Brainless Jellyfish

Residents and visitors alike know that the summer season brings a whole range of fascinating animals to our Coastal Bays watershed. As the temperature of the bays warm,…

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Creature Feature: Horseshoe Crabs
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Creature Feature: Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs: Coming to a beach near you! Habitat and History: Horseshoe crabs in Ocean City are not an uncommon sight.  Dating back 450 million years, horseshoe crabs…

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Creature Feature: Royal Tern
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Creature Feature: Royal Tern

Coastal Bays Islands; They’re For the Birds! Creature Feature: Royal Tern While out boating, or enjoying a walk along the bay, you may have seen a bird hover…

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