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Meet the Sharks of Long Island Sound

Long Island Sound is ordinarily host to only four species of sharks: the Sand Tiger, Sandbar (=Brown), Spiny Dogfish and Smooth Dogfish. A few other species are occasional visitors to the Sound, but one species was likely never expected to swim these waters. In May…

Menhaden – A Special Bait

The surface waters along the shore seem to come to a low boil with a school of menhaden thrashing just below the surface. With a breeze blowing the right way, one might even detect their foul, oily odor. Mossbunker, bunker, porgy, bug-head, and fat-back as…

Fayerweather Island Lighthouse

Whether seen from just offshore or on nearby land, lighthouses, symbols of our navigational past, each have their own special appeal. Of all of the U. S. states, which one has the greatest number of lighthouses along its coast? That will be answered at the…

Eatons Neck Lighthouse

When sailing western Long Island Sound at night, a reassuring steady beacon of white light can often be spotted 17 miles out from its source. Shown from the 73-feet fieldstone tower that stands on a bluff, the lighthouse at Eatons Neck has served mariners for…

Delaware’s Fire Control Towers

In the early morning hours of February 27, 1942, the 7,451-ton tanker R.P. Resor was running parallel to the New Jersey shoreline, en route from Texas to Fall River, Massachusetts. Under the dim light of a quarter moon, the ship’s lookout spotted the running lights…

New York Harbor’s Oyster Islands

In its early history, the tidal waters of New York Harbor were host to large areas of oyster beds. They served as an important food source for Native Americans and early colonists. Their abundance eventually prompted Dutch colonists to name the harbor’s three tiny islands,…

Can It Be A Fluke?

Its nickname “chameleon of the sea” is well deserved. Seemingly gliding gracefully across the bottom with little effort, it can change its color from brown, gray green or even darker to blend with the pattern and color of the bottom on which it lands. To…

Swept Away in the Lower Bay

In 1648, Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch Director General of what would become the city of New York, ordered construction of the Manhattan’s first wharf; it was built on the East River. Entry into the harbor was tortuous, with its many bends and shallows. A fully…