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July Day’s End at Chatham Fish Pier

Written by Laura M. Reckford


CHATHAM – An overcast summer day means little to the seals and seagulls gathered at Chatham Fish Pier.

The Chatham Fishing Fleet, in for the night, is visible through the metal fish net of artist Sig Purwin’s classic sculpture, “The Provider,” which was installed in 1992 and dedicated to the Chatham fishing industry,

The colorful boats bob on moorings. Seals, not shy, turn splashy summersaults close to the pier, as if to perform for those enjoying the harbor view while waiting for their fish & chips from the nearby Chatham Pier Fish Market.

The tide appear to slip low, suddenly revealing dozens more seal heads just above the water’s surface further out in the mooring field.

“Look,” a young woman says, “there must be hundreds of seals out there!”

Or thousands.

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About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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