As the water empties out of the creeks at dead low, the mud flats and oyster banks come to life. Small crustaceans come out to feed as the oysters are revealed by the falling water levels, they spit and squirt while fiddler crabs crawl around them. Wading birds will seek out tidal pools for a trapped minnow and an easy meal. Dead low is when you’ll get stuck in the pluff mud, and end up covered waist deep in the stuff trying to get back to the dock. When you look closely at the little things though, marsh life is always most interesting at dead low.
Video by Marsh Deane Music: “Excelsior” by River Foxcroft