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sight seeing from the chesapeake bay bridge-tunnel

 

Nestled at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where the waters empty into the Atlantic Ocean spans the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, stretching across a prime area that is inhabited by many different species of birds and waterfowl as well as creatures of the sea. 

From #1 Island, travelers can not only stop and stretch their legs and enjoy a bite to eat on this man-made island, but they can also take advantage of a unique opportunity to observe much of this wildlife as it interacts with its natural surroundings. 

Shared on this webpage are images that have been captured by CBBT friends and employees as they travel along and near the facility. 

We welcome you to share any images that you have personally captured along this facility by emailing them to marketing@cbbt.com.

Pictured to the left and below are seals as they frolic and sun off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel's man-made islands. 

Each year in late fall/early winter, seals visit the rocks of the CBBT.  With water temperatures cold and to their liking, these marine mammals like to frolic and play around the quiet islands and rest and sun themselves on the rocks.  Harbor seals can dive to 1,500 feet and they even sometimes sleep in the water.  Though they appear awkward as they sun on the rocks, their torpedo shape allows them to swim quickly and efficiently, thus allowing them to escape predators such as sharks and catch prey such as fish.
The harbor seals are typically seen by CBBT employees and boaters on #s 3 and 4 Island (the northern islands), as there is less activity and disturbance.  However, every now and then, some will playfully venture to the waters off of #1 Island and entertain the guests!
After a long day's work of waterbourne inspections along the facility, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel's Inspection Boat, Just-A-Peake, encountered some hitchhikers!  These dolphins raced the boat as it returned to dock.
They even entertained as they frolicked nearby!
The pelican is a very familiar sighting along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
These seagulls pose for the camera at sunset! 

The seagull, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel's trademark bird, is a common sighting along the facility.
This Snowy Owl was spotted on one of the islands of the CBBT in February 2012. Also known as the Artic Owl or the Great White Owl, this is the official bird of Quebec, Canada.
This Snowy Owl is off-course as they are generally spotted much farther north of Virginia. Snowy owls are tundra birds found from northern Alaska to Canada and Eurasia.
   
WOW!  This series of photos is absolutely breathtaking!  These photos were taken by a tourist near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in 2012 .  The rise....
 
...and fall
 While work was being performed on North Channel Bridge, the Survey Boat spotted this whale in the channel.  These photos were taken by a CBBT employee.
Look out...here he comes!
   
 
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the USS Enterprise passed through Thimble Shoal Channel as it headed to the Middle East for a seven-month deployment.  While in the Middle East, the crew of the USS Enterprise will be on standby in case of conflict with Iran or piracy threats off Somalia.

This is the 50-year-old carrier's 22nd deployment, and upon completion of this cruise, the ship will return to Virginia to have its eight nuclear-powered engines removed; thence it shall be removed from service.  A deactivation or decommission ceremony is planned for December 1.


 
 
 
 
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