Eel Pond is a common name along the coast here. This particular Eel Pond is in Woods Hole, MA. This seemingly small village in Falmouth is a busy place, especially in summer. It is where you can take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and is also home to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Marine Biology Lab. Eel Pond has a protected marina and boats enter by way of a drawbridge.
This past week, I spent a couple of days at my parents home in Falmouth. It just so happened that my ten-year-old niece was also staying with them. My niece and I rode bikes along a bike path to reach Woods Hole and had lunch at Woods Hole Market & Provisions. You can get freshly made sandwiches there and eat them overlooking the pond. (You can actually see the dining area in this image.) The draw is that things live in this pond and you can drop bits of food and they will come and dine with you. On this day, we dropped bits of our crust and potato chips for a family of ducks. We also saw two huge horseshoe crabs walking (crawling) past us underwater. I’m told that if you drop some sandwich meat, an eel will come and feast off of it.