A Tale of Two Tides

We are now on the south coast of New Brunswick, overlooking the Bay of Fundy which home to the highest tides in the world.  To gain the best appreciation you really need to see the area at both the high and low tides.  The admission to the park acknowledges this by being valid for 2 consecutive days.

I managed to take these matching shots at several points so that you can see the massive difference.  Each pair of photos is an almost identical shot at low tide (on the left) and high tide (on the right).

The following photos are a sequence I took during the incoming tide when it is rising at its fastest – about halfway between low and high tide.

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21 minutes later the low rocks on the left hand side are submerged.  Notice how brown and discoloured the water has become from the mud being disturbed by the tidal movement.

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Another 19 minutes and water is coming into view on the left hand side of the photo.

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15 minutes later the kayaks are where there was exposed ocean floor less than an hour ago.

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And 14 minutes further on and the water has entered Lovers’ Arch.  It is still an hour until the high tide and the water has about another 3 metres to rise in that time.  The ocean floor in this cove will be completely submerged.

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It was amazing to be able to witness this tidal phenomenon in the Bay of Fundy.



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