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Check out our live osprey camera! We're so happy to have the family back for 2017!

One of the great things about a Ferry trip is the ability to see Delaware Bay wildlife from a new vantage point. On any journey, it's not unusual to spot Shore Birds such as Osprey, Red Knots, Gannets, and Egrets. The ferry is a favorite among Birders for spotting many of the East Coast migrating birds. In addition, the Ferry is a great way to spot whales and dolphins. If you're really lucky you might spot a big blue fuzzy animal we've affectionately named Pirate Pete. We're not sure what type of species he is, but the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is the only place in the world where he's consistently spotted!  Here a just a few you might frequently see:

  Bald Eagle

When You See Them: Year round! Where You See Them: Nests in trees near the bay Color: Brown, with a white head Favorite Food: Fish Fun Fact: Bald Eagles can sometimes be seen swooping down by the bay and catching fish with their powerful talons.

   Dolphin

When You See Them: Spring & Summer Where You See Them: In the bay, alongside the ferry Color: Grey Favorite Food: Small fish & crustaceans Fun Fact: Dolphins can sometimes be spotted swimming alongside the ferry, and they are excellent synchronized swimmers!

 

Egret

When You See Them: Summer Where You See Them: In the marshes near the ferry Color: White Favorite Food: Fish, insects, and shrimp Fun Fact: To look for food, Egrets stir the water up with their long skinny legs!

 

Gannet

When You See Them: Spring  Where You See Them: All Around the Boat! Color: White, with Orange and Black Favorite Food: Small fish and squid Fun Fact: Gannets love following behind the Ferry, and diving in to eat up the small fish in our wake!

   

Horseshoe Crab

When You See Them: Late Spring & Summer Where You See Them: Along the shoreline Color: Brown Favorite Food: Clams and Mussels Fun Fact: Horseshoe crabs aren’t actually crabs! In fact, they are more closely related to spiders than they are to actual crabs.

   Osprey

When You See Them: Spring & Summer Where You See Them: Close to shore along the Delaware Bay Color: Brown and White Favorite Food: Fish Fun Fact: A family of ospreys builds their nest by the Lewes Terminal every year, and you can say hi to them as you sail by!

   Piping Plover

When You See Them: Summer Where You See Them: Scurrying along the shoreline Color: Light brown & White Favorite Food: Small insects Fun Fact: If a predator comes near their nest, adult plovers pretend to have a broken wing in order to distract the intruder away from their young.

    Red Knot

When You See Them: Spring & Summer Where You See Them: On the shore and beaches Color: Red and light brown Favorite Food: Insects and horseshoe crab eggs Fun Fact: Red Knots take a very long trip every year, migrating from Northern Canada to the southern tip of South America.

   Seal

When You See Them: Spring Where You See Them: In the bay and by the rocks Color: Grey or Tan Favorite Food: Fish & Squid Fun Fact: There are three different types of seal in the Delaware Bay: Grey Seals, Harp Seals, and Harbor Seals.

  Whale

When You See Them: Year Round! Where You See Them: In the bay, alongside the ferry Color: Black or Dark Grey Favorite Food: Krill & small fish