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Two to report: one about 50 years ago, the other just this year.
In 1955 I was a camp counselor for the third year at Camp Ernest W. Brown, the Police Boys Club camp located on the Potomac River a few miles inside Point Lookout. I was on the "beach patrol" staff, attending to all manner of water sports.
Unfortunately, Bay Watch hadn't come along yet, so the scenery was OK but not great :-)) I remember clearly that after a hurricane which blew up the bay and went up the Potomac we had hundreds of prehistoric creatures stranded on the beach. These were skates....very common in the Bay (saw some this year near Smith Creek)....but you almost never see them out of the water. Really weird creatures, with long rat-like tails!
This year, sailing into Smith Creek, we saw a lot of Pelicans sitting on the fixed fish trap located between Smith Creek and the St. Mary's River entrance. Must be global warming: normally, pelicans don't show themselves so far north.