Back from Mussel Shoals

Self-portrait

Quick trip because these shoals are at Tod’s (at the western outlet from Eagle Pond, should you be so inclined). linguine and mussels tonight. You don’t even need a clam rake to harvest mussels, by the way, in fact a rake just breaks their shells. See them, pick them up, albeit a little effort’s involved in twisting them free from the rocks and fellow mussels they entwine themselves in. Wussies (is that a homophobic term?) can wear rubber gloves – I use bare hands because it’s easier.

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  1. anonymous

    He man clam hater.

  2. Mussel Lover

    You confuse me, great hunter of bivalves. I thought Eagle Pond had only a southern outflow (into the Sound) and a northern outflow (into Greenwich Cove). Am I confused?

    • Yeah, you’re right of course. The pond to the west of Eagle Pond is not connected. Must have been all that fresh air I consumed while outside – not used to it.

  3. AJ

    Both ponds have only one outlet which is also the inlet. I used to lower mangled minows on a fish hook into the eagle pond right by the outlet when I was a kid. Nice sized blue crabs would grab onto them, but they’d always let go as I pulled them close to the surface, and I never did get my fresh blue crab dinner.

  4. Love ’em. Used to get mine from a beach on Shippan Point. Melted butter, a tad of garlic and best of all, those puppies are free.

  5. Walt

    Dude –
    I do not think “wussy” is homophobic, even though it is meant to imply a feeble or effeminate person. It is derived from the word “pussy” which is about as far from homophobic as you can get. Related terms are “wuss” (abbreviated), “wussies” (plural), and “woose” (singular).
    And it is entirely appropriate to use in a discussion about “clams”. AKA “hairy clams”, “The Love Tunnel” “Pleasure Slide” or “Camel Toe”. I have about 8,483 other adjectives to describe this nether region, which I love so much, if you need more help.
    Just let me know.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  6. AJ

    Back when Tod owned the place — I believe the Library has photos — the eagle pond had north and south inlets/outlets.

  7. Map Reading Guy

    Hmm. There are two ponds at Tod’s Point, it is true. The smaller one is near the tip of the point and, I believe, has no outlet. The larger one (a bit to the west) is called Eagle Pond because of the large sculpture of an eagle on an island in it.

    For many years, the Town closed all tidal inlets/outlets from Eagle Pond, which (predictably) caused it to become a stagnant soup. Around ten years ago (+-), the Town came to its senses and opened up a northern inlet/outlet (on the Greenwich Cove side) and a southern one (on the Sound side). This drainage configuration flushes Eagle Pond at each tide cycle. If you don’t believe this, take a look at Greenwich Point on Bing Maps, which happens to show the tide draining out at both ends of Eagle Pond.

    I presume our intrepid mussel plucker did his plucking at the Sound-side outlet.

  8. AJ

    What’s interesting is that on the current Google satellite view you can actually see the water flowing into the eagle pond from the north, cove side. The Southern outlet, where the landfill style seawall is, was filled in prior to the early 50s and was a wide opening with a wooden bridge over it. The library has a photo of someone, Tod, I believe, in a row boat in the pond in front of that wooden bridge. The western pond also has only one inlet which appears as a box with a grate over it in the satellite photo along the western edge of the pond on the pond side of the roadway. That inlet has a much smaller inlet pipe, so you can’t see the water flowing as is the case with the eagle pond. The little “pond” that appears on the southern shore of the point is not a pond at all but a tidal inlet with two openings in a sandbar. When they built the seawall around the point, the sand bar became fortified with big rocks and they built a path on top of it and two bridges, one over each opening into the inlet, which is more of a mudhole than a pond. In my opinion, they destroyed much of the natural beauty of the point when they built the seawall to stem erosion that didn’t exist. Sounds like a make work project to me — something governments are famous for. Hey, it’s not their money.