More about the Maritimes
I learned a few things on this adventurous trip to the Maritimes. I learned that the moose is a very big animal. I had to think back because Bullwinkle (from the cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle) if you can remember that far back ~ was a moose.
On the car ride to New Brunswick, I got my first lesson on moose. What exactly would be the plural of ‘moose’?
I learned that moose are very ‘big’ animals. HUGE was the adjective that I was told. Adam informed me that the fist(s) of a human male (or two) could fit inside a moose’s nostril with room to spare.
Driving along the highways in New Brunswick, you can see that there are parts where there is fencing along the highway to keep the moose away from the highway. Initially, I thought this was because maybe the moose were endangered and there were not too many of them but I was wrong. For any non-maritimers, can you figure out why???
Well, the moose being very large animals, stand taller than the hood of a typical vehicle. A moose can weigh up to 600 to 1000 pounds. A baby moose can weigh 575 pounds. So when a driver is toodlling down the highway at … maybe 110 km/hour … and not paying attention (especially if it is dark) that could be disasterous. The moose apparently just saunter up the roadway within seconds and aren’t very street smart. Meaning — they don’t seem to be able to look at thee traffic coming before trying to cross the road.
This can be especially hazardous when they decide to break curfew and saunter around in the dark. As drivers, many of us drive the highways and not expect anything to appear or jump out at us. But in the Maritimes, you need to be watching all the time because hitting a moose at top speed may not only injure the moose but fatally harming the passengers of the vehicle.
My always questioning mind couldn’t figure this one out. So I asked WHY? The explanation I got was certainly a science/physics lesson – “Well Carol – the car is going really fast. The moose is standing there dead weight. The front of the car hits the moose’s legs. The impact will likely break the legs of the moose but it is like pulling the legs out from under it. When the legs break or buckle, the moose will fall on the hood of the vehicle. And because the vehicle is travellling forward, the moose will more than likely come crashing towards the windshield, breaking the glass and impacting the passengers.
I heard the following stories:
~ someone who hit a moose and survived it told of all the moose bits that ended up in the vehicle afterwards because the impact was so fast and hard.
~ that a woman on the radio heard about about the province putting up a moose crossing sign in a certain area and wondered why they couldn’t have put the sign up to tell the moose to cross further down the road (oh my!!)
~ I also had the thought of ‘The poor moose. There will be none left. But apparently there are lots and they live in New Brunswick and Newfoundland (pronounced New-fund-land) and when it is time to hunt moose, the appearance of the hunters actually drives the moose further into the woods as to not be found as easily. When exactly is moose hunting season?
I didn’t get to see any moose, only photo images. But I did find some highway signs.