Got up at 6am and left around 7:30-8am and then it was just a lot of being in the car,lol.Made pretty good time though because it only took 3 hours instead of the 4-5 it could take to get there. Instead of going to the commercial part of the beach (which has a parking fee) I suggested going to this Wildlife Refuge that I read about the day before. This place (Back Bay Wildlife Refuge) is apparently a part of the Outer Banks! Just a very tiny part of it, I have always wanted to see the Outer Banks so it was nice to see an idea of what it's like.
Part of it is marshland and part of it is a regular beach,i've never seen sand dunes and sea grasses before in person. :3 However they were pretty strict about not being anywhere near the sand dunes for wildlife conservation reasons.
In the marshland part there's Water Mocossains (Cottonmouths) there rather often I guess because we saw two of them. My friend/roomate saw the one a little closer than would be preferabble since we didn't even notice him at first until this older woman who was sort of like a unofficial tour guide pointed it out,haha. It was just a juvenile one though,it opened its mouth a bit but it closed it again after backing away so no worries there. I got a picture of him (from a bit farther away):
Also saw Tundra Swans out in the distance on the bay side's water,you could hear them more than you could see them but that was still neat . Apparently this place is an important migration stop for them. Saw a few other birds as well but no one super up close.
On the beach there were some interesting shells so I took a few that washed up. They aren't in the best shape but i'll keep them for a little while anyway. I also found a peice of real seaglass! Just one peice unfortunately,but it is cool.
A little farther up I found a Ghost Crab claw as well. I feel bad for the crab but that is interesting to find. I'm not sure if I need to clean it out or not though? It doesn't stink so maybe the fleshy parts inside it already decomposed.
Here are some other photos I took:
(The little black thing is a "Mermaid Purse" which is nickname for egg cases left by certain sharks and rays,i'm not sure which one this would be from. Either way I have never seen one of these in person before!)