The Chesapeake Bay area might have milder winters than some of the other northern regions of the United States, but it is still chilly, to say the least. Because of this, many folks who decide to settle in for an extended visit will be surprised to see that this place stays teeming with life during the coldest months of the year. With several thousand animals native to the region, including a few of those that are on the endangered species list, the wildlife here is just extraordinary. However, out of all of the animals that can be spotted near the water, there are a few that seem to be the most popular because of their breathtaking beauty.
Maryland might not sound like a southern paradise to escape to in the winter. But to the tundra swan, it offers a remarkable temperature difference that is life-saving. That’s because the tundra swan is native to the Arctic. The average daily temperature there is often in the negative range. To get a glimpse of this waterfowl, most people have to look no further than the sky. Tundra swans often fly in large formations at over 20,000 feet in altitude. They do, however, occasionally land in the marshes and grassland areas to rest and feed on the plant roots and clams.
Our country’s most majestic bird, the bald eagle, can be found around the Chesapeake Bay. For the most part, it prefers to stay in wooded areas that aren’t densely populated with people. But since it is a bird of prey, it generally spends its day hunting for fish and other small animals.
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
The lion’s mane jellyfish, which is the largest jellyfish in the world, has been known to accidentally wash up on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay during the wintertime. This is often quite a spectacle to behold because its tentacles alone can reach over 100 feet in length. They only visit the area when it is cold though, so brave mariners who hope to spot the lion’s mane jellyfish alive can best see them in the water from the docks.
These little black and white ducks are fun to watch. They spend all of their time swimming in groups and diving for food. In fact, they spend most of their time under the water! Look for bufflehead in protected waters and open inland waters. You will see them swimming near the docks and just off the shores of Herrington Harbour.
As you can see, Chesapeake Bay’s wildlife population is highly abundant all year long. But remember, while they are beautiful creatures to admire from a distance, many of them are quite dangerous. So never attempt to approach or feed them.