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Fun Facts About Cape Cod

Guglielmo Marconi, courtesy Cape Cod National Seashore Park Service

Guglielmo Marconi, courtesy Cape Cod National Seashore Park Service

Guglielmo Marconi

Cape Cod National Seashore is home to the Marconi Station Site – the place where Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmitted a wireless telegraph message between the United States and England on January 18, 1903.

Marconi had already experienced success with the first transatlantic attempt in 1902, between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia to Poldhu, England. With his towers in South Wellfleet, Marconi was able to stage a public event.

A message from President Theodore Roosevelt was transmitted via morse code to King Edward VII of England, and then King Edward wrote back.

The cat alive in folklore

The cat alive in folklore

Pamet Puma

A present-day explorer in the town of Truro might notice signs of a mysterious creature.  The Pamet Puma has garnered the mystique of Big Foot.

Following a slew of reported yet unconfirmed sightings, its status has evolved from legend to mascot. The Truro Central School adopted the ferocious cat as its logo in 2006.

The elusive Pamet Puma is a symbol of the tenacious seclusion valued by the residents of Truro, and a testament to the fact that despite its small square mileage, the Cape still embraces its wild past.

Gray Seals at head of the Meadow

Gray Seals at head of the Meadow

Seals at Cape Cod

In the summer, if you walk the Outer Beach and keep checking about 50 yards offshore, you are likely to see some gray seals looking back at you.Great places to look are on the southern spit of Coast Guard Beach or the sandbars at Head of the Meadow Beach.

Gray seals are the largest of the seals at the Cape, with long heads like horses and W-shaped nostrils. If you were to take a seal cruise to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge or to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, you would be able to spot harbor seals. These smaller seals have heads like dogs and V-shaped nostrils.

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