Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I like all the animals

I don't know if you've noticed, but we talk about nature a lot with Zoe. Exibits A, B, and C.

So naturally, the wildlife we saw on our vacation last week was a pretty important part of our trip. Here is a list of all the animals we saw in the wild!

Toads, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, jelly fish, a shark, fish, seagulls, snails, flies, mosquitoes, turtles, shrimp, clams, and oysters.

The first morning Zoe woke up, she immediately said, "What that noise?" It was a giant bull frog, but we could never find it. Yannos did catch a little toad the night before that we saved and showed her in the morning.

I talk a lot about saving her animals. We have one of these thingies that was a gift from Yia-Yia and Pappou earlier this year. It has served us very well and I highly recommend getting something like it if your kid is interested in little creatures.

Saying we saw snails might be the understatement of the year. When the tide went out, the beach was COVERED in tiny snails. Guys...I mean millions.

All those black shells = snails. 

Needless to say Zoe was obsessed with them. I'm not sure there was ever a minute where she didn't have at least one in her hand. 

One morning we packed up from the Delaware Bay and headed down to Poverty Beach in Cape May. See how I included flies in the list above. Normal flies wouldn't be worth mentioning, but the Jersey shore has horrible biting flies. They are actually the devil. Proof...

The flies were so bad the morning we went to Cape May that Zoe actually started crying and asked to go home. But first we found this washed up on the shore!

Yes, that's totally a shark my daughter is holding. Don't worry it was dead.

Actually, I'm not sure that improves the situation.

Back on the bay, we found some jelly fish, but this was the biggest...

We also found quite a few horseshoe crabs, which were Zoe's least favorite to hang out with...

She was always excited to run and stare at the next thing that Daddy found. With all the amazing views during vacation, this one might have been my favorite...


  1. I'm thoroughly enjoying reading about your trip to the Jersey shore. I spent every summer of my childhood down there (Cape May) and we loved going to Poverty Beach.

    1. I'm so glad! So when can you go to avoid these flies?! They killed us.