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Posts tagged as “Robert Bachand”

Stratford Shoal (Middle Ground) Light

Standing mid-Long Island Sound, about five miles from coastal Connecticut and New York, Stratford Shoal Light has warned sailors of the dangerous shallows extending out north and south of the beacon for nearly one and a half centuries.Sailing the Sound in 1614, Dutch explorer Adrian…

A Fluke By Any Other Name

Lying motionless on the sea floor, the partially sand-covered flatfish called “Chameleon of the Sea” changes its texture and color to further match its cover and surroundings. With its eyes peering out from its concealment, it waits for a suitable prey to swim or drift…

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…