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Cape Cod Bay

Cape Cod is a well know holiday area in the United States.

It is part of the Atlantic Ocean. It borders Massachusetts along with a few other bays.

This area was explored by European navigator, Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524.

Interestingly, people think that Cape Cod Bay may have been a freshwater lake once upon a time when the last glaciations drained into the Orleans Harbor.

This was also the location of the Pilgrim’s first anchorage in 1620 so this bay holds not only a lot of water but a lot of history too!

Cape Cod Bay Facts for Kids

  • The Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower at Cape Cod as they were making their journey to Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • Provincetown Harbor is part of Cape Cod Bay and to honor the history of the area, a 252-foot monument was built about the event of the Pilgrims arriving in this bay.
  • Cape Cod is also known for its variety of sea life! These include popular favorites such as cod, mackerel, haddock, blue-finned tuna, and striped bass!
  • There are also other sea mammals in these waters including dolphins, seals, and even some whales! The Pilgrims apparently tried to hunt a whale when they were at Cape Cod but they did not succeed.
  • Whale watching is a popular tourist attraction at Cape Cod Bay and we are sure they see some other lovely sea creatures whilst out on the boats too!
  • The most popular seasons for fishing in the bay area between the months of May and October. Fishermen come to this area and fish at the shore or on boats.
  • Interesting fact since fishing is so popular in this bay, the most commonly used fishing bait is sea clams – they must be tasty!
  • Erosion is affecting the Cape Cod and the beaches are getting bigger each year! This is beautiful for the beaches but not so great for the area.
  • The Cape Cod Bay is actually connected to the Buzzards Bay. This is due to the connection from the Cape Cod Canal. This canal dates back to 1914.
  • The reason this bay has such lovely marine life is because of the way the water circulates. The surface water flows in a counter-clockwise pattern. This aids in giving the area nutrients and leads to awesome creatures under the sea.
  • Did you know that Cape Cod Bay is where humpback whales migrate to? They come here to munch on the fish from April to December.
  • Because of the marine environment at Cape Cod Bay, it was designated as a State Ocean Sanctuary in 1970.

Questions

1. Which US State does the Cape Cod border?

2. Who was the first person to discover the Cape Cod Bay area?

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3. How tall is the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown Harbour?

4. Which type of whale migrates here?

5. What was Cape Cod Bay declared as in 1970?