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article imagePhoto Essay: Exploring wildlife on Long Beach Island, N.J. Special

By Leigh Goessl
Aug 28, 2012 in Travel
Barnegat Light - As summer comes to a close, it's always fun to be able to visit the beach one last time for the season. Across the U.S. east coast there are many beach destinations, but one of my favorites is Long Beach Island, N.J.
Long Beach Island, or commonly referred to as "LBI", is a beautiful island that stretches for about 18 miles. There is plenty to do on the island, everything from swimming in the water on the gorgeous beachfront to exploring nature. On the southern end of the island visitors can head off to the amusement parks, water park, golf and other activities, and the beach area to the north has a busy commercial fishing area, Viking Village, and Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.
On a recent trip we stayed up on the northern end of the island, which seems to be the more "quiet" side of the island. There is, of course, lots of fun in the sun, but a visit also affords a great opportunity to explore the beaches and bays to see the water wildlife up close. During a visit, I got a good first-hand taste of the sea life that resides in the waters surrounding the island.
A sea bird looks to find its next meal
A sea bird looks to find its next meal
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At Viking Village there is an abundance of sea life around the docks  including a variety of differe...
At Viking Village there is an abundance of sea life around the docks, including a variety of different types of crabs.
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It is fun to poke around the various areas of Long Beach Island. Up on the north side of the island ...
It is fun to poke around the various areas of Long Beach Island. Up on the north side of the island, various sea life resides, such as these mussels.
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Hundreds of fiddler crabs heard us coming and scampered into the marsh. This is only a handful of th...
Hundreds of fiddler crabs heard us coming and scampered into the marsh. This is only a handful of the number of crabs that were present.
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Also saw a nice variety of snails along the beach on the bay.
Also saw a nice variety of snails along the beach on the bay.
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This gull appeared to be taking a quick break while searching for food along the Atlantic coast.
This gull appeared to be taking a quick break while searching for food along the Atlantic coast.
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The bay up in Barnegat Light keeps all sorts of surprises. You never know what you might see as you ...
The bay up in Barnegat Light keeps all sorts of surprises. You never know what you might see as you walk along the bay beach.
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I m not sure of the name of this critter  but it was fun to watch them bury into the sand after the ...
I'm not sure of the name of this critter, but it was fun to watch them bury into the sand after the ocean waves washed them ashore.
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This area  next to the bay in Barnegat Light is simply beautiful. Untouched nature at its best.
This area, next to the bay in Barnegat Light is simply beautiful. Untouched nature at its best.
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