We arrived at Cell 3 and found Dave Stimac, Darlene Friedman, Mary Tremblay and Jeff Buecking already scoping the shorebirds on the still-present mudflats. Dredgings were being actively pumped in the SW corner through the giant, 3-foot diameter pipe, creating a small canal that split the mudflat in two and sending water rushing toward the far eastern shoreline.
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That creepy sound? Imagine enjoying the quiet surroundings, interrupted only by the machine-gun 'drrr-drrr-drrr' of the Semipalmated Sandpipers, when a sudden surge of rushing water drowns out even the loudest shorebirds. The mud and water flowing through the pipes would create a sound like a flash-flood coming toward you. Once you recognize where its coming from its not so bad. Its when the (I believe) vacuum breaks from the line after pumping ceases that the creepy sound ensues. An unearthly, loud 'THWAK' reverberates through the line and travels the mile-long length of the pipe creating a sound that immediately screams 'Run Away!'. Mary and I were joking that we leaving before any aliens or velociraptors would appear.