With the first week of July behind us, people are getting curious about what’s keeping the capelin. They’ve already rolled on a few remote beaches but as always, people want to fill their buckets close to home, and for many people that means close to St. John’s.

When I still lived in Newfoundland, I checked Middle Cove beach every day and reported my findings on the Capelin Calendar. Even when there were no capelin yet these updates drew a picture of the latest situation and encouraged others to share their observations too.

Ever since I moved away from Newfoundland the Capelin Calendar has relied on the continued efforts of the awesome ‘capelin community’ and I’m happy to say that to this day reports of capelin are still coming in and thousands of people check the Capelin Calendar every week.

My question to you is if you would please join these active capelin watchers, so that together we may cover as many beaches as possible.

If you’ve got some free time today, please stop by the beach to check for capelin and share your observations on the Capelin Calendar so that others may benefit from your updates, and you from theirs.

Here’s how to check for capelin:

  • When you’re at the beach, talk to people. Find out if anyone’s seen any capelin today or if they’ve heard about capelin elsewhere.
  • Check the coves and bays for the presence of seabirds and whales, both feed on capelin and both will stick around when capelin are present. Gulls are often visible from a distance, circling above the water and diving down: a great indicator that something is stirring beneath the waves.
  • At the beach, try to see if capelin are swimming near the surf. When capelin gather in shallow water like this, seabirds, seals and even whales can approach the beach very closely. This wildlife spectacle is the last stage before the capelin commit to their fate and actually roll onto the beach, a show that sometimes repeats itself for several days in a row.
  • Even when capelin are not currently near the beach, check the beach for capelin spawn: these big masses of tiny eggs are often pale yellow in colour, and found among the gravel and sand near the waterline. The presence of eggs means the capelin have recently rolled, and may do so again soon.

After your visit to the beach, please leave a comment with your findings on the Capelin Calendar and be assured that your observations are read and appreciated by thousands of curious capelin watchers.