Tide recedes 100 meters, alarming early-risers at Progreso

Nothing to see here, port captain assures

A receding tide this morning in Progreso had early-risers wondering today. Photo: Whatsapp
A receding tide this morning in Progreso had early-risers wondering today. Photo: Whatsapp

Progreso, Yucatan — The port city dawned today with a strange phenomenon that rattled some fishermen and early-morning joggers today.

The so-called vaciante marina, bringing the tideline far from its normal point, roused curiosity and even fear among the public.

The natural rarity began around 4 a.m. when the sea moved 50 to 100 meters away from the eastern part of the malecon, from Calle 50 to Parque de la Paz at 56.

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The western part of the malecon and beyond, in the Playón Poniente, the sea remained normal.

No, it’s not the beginning of a tsunami. Capt. Bernardo Crespo Silva, who runs the port, clarified the situation: The tide is a phenomenon produced by the periodic gravitational pull of large masses of water.

“There was high tide during the night yesterday and today dawned with low tide. The result is the effect of the force of attraction between the sun and the moon. However, despite the fears, there is no chance of a tsunami or violent return of the sea, there is no danger,” said Capt. Crespo Silva.

The phenomenon exposed hundreds of white snails, which fishermen and Progreso’s ecological police corps tossed back to the sea.

Source: Diario de Yucatan

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