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Nav aids to feature mounted deer heads

Jan 1, 2003

As part of the Coast Guard'saggressive plan to make nav aids more identifiable, particularly for those with little experience on the water, the heads of large game animals are being placed on daymarks in U.S. coastal waters.

"The deer head really attracts attention. A lot of people don't know that daymarks signify a shallow spot and we don't want anyone going aground unnecessarily," said a Coast Guard spokesman in Washington, D.C.

Actually, this mounted deer head was placed on a daymark on the Virginia coast by an unknown practical joker and was discovered by a Coast Guard buoy-tending crew.