Monday, June 18, 2007

The Bay of Fundy!

As I mentioned in the previous blog, the Bay of Fundy is famous for its extreme tides. The difference between high and low tide can be as much as fifty feet! On this day the tide had dropped forty one feet.

You may ask why the tides are so extreme. Well think of the Bay of Fundy like a big bucket of water. If you kick the bucket, the water will slosh from one side of the bucket to the other, rising up against the side.

Well think of the bay as being a really big bucket. So big that it takes three or more hours to slosh from one side to the other. And due to its unique shape, the slosh is really high or really low.

This picture was taken from the cliffs above the ocean floor. I've marked someone walking on the beach so you can see the scale of the place.

Of course, my favorite local resident what this red squirrel...

Meanwhile, back at the beach, here you can see the Hopewell Rocks at low tide.

I took the starcase down to the beach, and here you can see that you can actually walk on the ocean floor!

It is a wee bit muddy. After all, the ocean was here just an hour ago...

It was going to be a few hours before the tide came back, so we drove to the town of Moncton to see the Tital Bore.
A tidal bore is when the tide rises, and the rivers start to flow backwards. It's kind of hard to see in these pictures, but its kind of bizarre to see the a river run dry, then have the water flow back in.

It was time to head back to Hopewell Rocks.

We came back a few hours later when the tide started to roll back in.

You can see that the entire area we walked on earlier is submerged again.

When we went out to dinner later the tide was going out. As you can see, the boats are all set up so they don't fall over when the water goes away. The Bay of Fundy really is a memorable place.


Maktub said...

Wow, what an amazing place. Kind of trippy too, but amazing none the less.

I'm so jealous of your trip.


Peter Kevin Reeves said...

I've seen and done some amazing things on this journey. Walking on the ocean floor is pretty high on the list.

Alas, I've headed west. Only a month left!