Unlike my fellow waterlovers, the Coney Island Polar Bears, I cannot jump into cold water. I must go in very slowly.
The waters of Gardiner’s Bay have been warming up perceptibly, and I have finally been able to swim without my face numbing.
Today at high tide, while standing and waiting to adjust in waist-high water, something bit my heel.
In the Sound during hot months, little 2″ / 5cm long white fish gently nibble and exfoliate my legs. This was not that. This was a bite. And the next bite was on my toe. And the bite after that was even harder. I peered in and saw this:
It looked like a rock, about 7″ / 17.8cm long and triangular pyramid shape. I kicked at it. It came right back, biting harder. And I was mad I had to swim earlier than I was ready.
But once I was in, it was all good.