Today was, in many ways, a repeat of yesterday. Same ultra-high tide, same green waters, same mushy but massive waves. But too much of the same thing at the beach is never what you want to wish for. By the end of the day, the Island was showing signs of overdoing it with the East wind. What started as crystal clear green water has begun to turn cloudy, filled with Jellies, foam, and bits of vegetation. It’s time for a shift but the forecast shows us stuck in a Northeast pattern for the weekend. It runs the risk of turning the surf into pea soup.
This afternoon was the thickest rout of Jellies we’ve had all season. For those uninterested in such things, we have 4 basic varieties of Jellies common to the Island: Salps, Sea Gooseberries, Moons, and Lion’s Mane/Sea Nettles. Our current plague is Sea Gooseberries. These are the small, spherical, ovular, gooseberry looking things that don’t sting, but number in the millions. They are squishy: hard to pick up in the water (unlike the disc-like Moons) and very sticky underfoot. The Sea Gooseberries have been hanging around offshore in recent East winds (I’ve seen them out at sea a bit on the Paddleboard) but now they are washing up onshore and thickening the surf.
Personally, I’m praying for some surprise West wind. A good rotating mix of Winds is the best thing for the beach. Fortunately, we do have a mix of Northeast and Southeast in the forecast. But West would be best.