truth... have YOU been there??!!
If you have, then you know what I mean.
Copulating couples everywhere in the creek, and the shoreline
littered with spent singles resting for another go. Single minded
fornicators so intent on their mission that a passing boat is
unnoticed unless it literally bumps into them.
We discovered the sea turtles mating ground
by dumb accident. In a mood to explore, we loaded up the dinghy
with fuel, water and portable sounder and motored from the second
arm, where we had found a tidy little hole of water just big
enough to swing 360 degrees and made our way back to the first
The northerlies were in and the arms off
the main creek gave the best shelter. A couple days before we
had come in late and anchored at the first arm, but the crowded
conditions and resulting cramped quarters had us looking for
a lower density neighbourhood. A glance up the first arm before
we moved on suggested it might be worth a squizz later so we
As we motored in our dinghy far past the
anchored boats at the big end of the arm, we began to notice
the spent bodies on the drying banks. Though short of water for
WhiteBird, there was plenty of water for our dinghy even far
up the arm.
The view was magnificent and distracting.
Suddenly, I noticed a collection of rocks ahead.....but wait...
those rocks were moving.....Before we realized what was going
on, we were surrounded by humping turtles. They didn't seem real
embarrassed at our presence but as we didn't want to spoil their
fun or hurt them, the motor was switched off and we drifted silently.
Silently except for the bashing of shell against fibre glass
If you are in the area around September, don't just sit on your
boat at Island Head creek. Smear on a lethal dose of Areoguard
and go exploring. Raw nature is seldom so accessible.
Does the military know how important their
firing range is to the sea life on the coast??? Who's retarded
idea was it to use Port Clinton and Island Head Creek for target
practise anyway????? But I digress.
Where, How?? Etc...
Except when the military closes it off
to blow the hell out of it, Island Head Creek and environs is
the natural resting anchorage between the Keppel's and the southern
most of the Northumberlands, such as Hexham or the Percy's.
The northern entrance channel is easy to
locate against the rocks behind Island Head, but there isn't
much water. Keel boats will want to enter on a flood tide. The
southern channel is short of landmarks to guide but has more
water. Especially in a strong south east wind, I would use the
We found a deep hole at the junction of
the first arm and the main channel... too deep. The arms
are the place in a northerly. Especially at high tide when the
sand bank at the north end is covered, the main creek will rock
and roll. The anchorage just off the south entrance channel is
good to nip into from a south east wind but it's a shame to just
nip in for a quickie.