Nautical News: For the week of July 15, 2018



Scituate Police reported more than 50 blasting caps were found along the North River off the Driftway on Friday. Then more blasting caps were found upriver near the 3A Bridge. All were exploded in a controlled detonation on site by members of the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Officials believe that someone, possibly from a construction company, dumped the explosives in the water. Investigators continued to search the river at low tide looking for more evidence and are asking the public to remain on the lookout. If someone should see any suspicious items, contact 911 immediately.




We received word that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed the Modern Fish Act when it re-authorized the Magnuson-Stevens Act and forwarded both acts to the U.S. Senate. The Modern Fish Act is intended to separate federal commercial fishing regulations from recreational regulations. It calls for the recreational fisheries to be managed using more appropriate management tools, modifies the annual catch limits requirement, and prevents the catch share programs from hindering recreational fishermen.




Coast Guard Stations Cape Cod Canal and Station Woods Hole along with the Dennis Harbormaster and Barnstable Sheriff crews searched for hours on Saturday for possible missing people in the water after three empty kayaks were found adrift in Falmouth, Dennis, & Osterville. None of the kayaks had the owners’ contact labels on them. Even though there were no missing persons reports, officials felt obligated to conduct the searches at a great expense. We have reported many times that the Coast Guard has urged all kayak owners to attach an owner’s information label so that the owner of an empty kayak adrift can be contacted and an unnecessary search avoided. It is now believed that astronomically high tides and the big surf from the hurricane miles offshore made the kayaks go adrift.




Animal rescuers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare rescued and released ten out of 14 dolphins that were found stranded on a Cape Cod beach in Wellfleet. Three of the other four were dead at the scene and the remaining one died while trying to be saved. Nobody knows for sure why the animals often get stranded by the arm of the Cape and don’t swim around. Anyone who sees a stranded or dead marine mammal on a Cape Cod beach is asked to call International Fund for Animal Welfare or local authorities.




A 16th century shipwreck found off the coast of Florida is said to hold treasures worth millions of dollars, but a judge has ruled that the company that discovered the wreck has no right to salvage the valuable artifacts after the French government claimed ownership. Apparently the ship was part of a naval fleet of French ships that sank during a storm on the shoals of Cape Canaveral in 1565. The name of the ship was La Trinité. It is not known if the company that found the ship will file an appeal against the court’s ruling.




We have been told over and over again about global warming, but now scientists believe we could be in the beginning of another ice age. Thirteen thousand years ago, the Earth was warming, the oceans were rising. Then something strange happened. The Northern Hemisphere suddenly became much colder, and stayed that way for more than a thousand years. This past week, a scientific team on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, have claimed to have found the answer based on measurements taken off the northern coasts of Alaska and Canada in the Beaufort Sea. The scientists claim they detected the signature of a huge glacial flood event that occurred 13,000 years ago, similar to what is happening now. The cold water from the melting ice caps flowed from the Arctic into the Atlantic Ocean and shut down the crucial circulation known as the “Atlantic meridional overturning circulation” that plunged Europe and much of North America into cold conditions. The researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Scripps and Oregon State University published their findings Nature Geoscience. Not everyone is convinced, though, and still predict global warming.




A candidate for governor in Rhode Island had to be rescued by the Coast Guard on Sunday after his yacht hit a rock while blasting music to large crowds of beachgoers to draw attention to the campaign signs attached to his boat. He claimed he hit a rock that wasn’t charted and started taking on water. t was the second time this month he took his 65-foot yacht, the Lady M, out with a giant campaign sign while playing patriotic music. One of his campaign promises was to put garbage cans on Rhode Island beaches. He hasn’t decided whether he’ll campaign from his boat again once it’s fixed. The Coast Guard said there are no federal restrictions for playing loud music and the gubernatorial candidate wasn’t cited for anything related to the accident.




And last on today’s nautical news, here is a story about a fly fisherman in a kayak saving a dog from wandering around aimlessly in the middle of the bay. While casting his line into the water, he noticed a large object in the distance moving on the surface. As he paddled closer to see what it was, he realized it was a dog swimming in circles. He paddled next to the dog, grabbed hold of its collar and pulled it onto his kayak. Fortunately the name of the dog, Grace, and a phone number was printed on the dog’s collar, which he immediately called. Grace’s owner answered and couldn’t believe what she was hearing. She said her family and the dog were on their boat the previous weekend, and when her husband took off to go fishing by himself this weekend, the dog must have decided to go for a swim to try to find her husband’s boat in the middle of the bay. The fisherman in the kayak said Grace was the most exciting thing that he has ever caught and rescued. It just looked like the dog started splashing, calling attention for the fisherman to rescue him.

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