Sunday, July 10, 2011

What Dangers Are Lurking in Wellfleet?

Summer vacation is not supposed to be scary and yet this year unexpected dangers seem to be lurking here in Wellfleet. Take the beach, for instance. How beautiful it was yesterday! Did you notice there have been three confirmed sightings of great white sharks between Chatham and Truro over the past week? What is between Chatham and Truro? We are. Therefore, it’s wise to understand swimming in the ocean isn’t such a good idea for the time being.

So, should we feel safe in the sand? Hmm. Apparently a small boy at White Crest was digging a deep hole when it caved in on him. The incident was serious enough to send the boy to the hospital, as reported in this Boston Herald article.

No ocean swimming, sand-castle excavation treacherous … Well, how about a walk through the woods to a pond? As AmyWellfleet pointed out yesterday in the comments, mosquitoes hover above the paths, eager for fresh blood.

And, speaking of blood suckers, don’t forget the ticks. They are not to be underestimated. After getting Lyme disease, I see ticks to be almost as dangerous as the great whites off our shores. Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod, a new non-profit, was recently launched to raise awareness and sort out the problems associated with obtaining adequate treatment.

Do you still play in the breakers, despite the risk of sharks?