12 comments on “Big Gulp

  1. Still trying to come to grips with sinking Tangiers, now a humpback eating bunkers — sensational stuff! Perhaps a wikipedia correction is in order — “Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed….”

    The polar sound — who knew?

    • Haha, Michael! That’s an excellent idea. But maybe this one is migrating to tropical NYC waters to breed? Or see “Hamilton.” Thanks for visiting!! Hope your summer is going great… hi to Julie 😀

  2. Yeah, ya think?? But they need to spell it out, don’t they? I’m glad this guy got in some good fishing, respectable publicity, and got out unscathed. Here’s to many more sightings!

    • LOL, we had a record number of bunker this summer. The water was BOILING with them. According to Tom Anderson in This Fine Piece Of Water, the LI Sound was just as teaming with WHALES—around 1600. Great book.. you’d enjoy it. Publisher’s summary here: Long Island Sound is not only the most heavily-used estuary in North America, it is also one of the most beautiful waterways, with picturesque seascapes and landfalls. But centuries of pollution and other abuse have gradually been killing off its marine life and have pushed the Sound to the brink of disaster. This volume traces the history of the Sound and its use as a resource from the time of contact between the Native Americans and Dutch traders through the suburban sprawl of recent decades, and tells how a group of scientists and citizens has been working to save the Sound from ruin. Tom Andersen begins by describing the dramatic events of the summer of 1987, when a condition called hypoxia (lack of dissolved oxygen in the water brought about by a combination of pollution and other factors) killed large numbers of fish and lobsters in the Sound. He discusses how scientists first documented and explained the development of hypoxia and how research and cleanup are now being carried out to restore the Sound. Interweaving current events, natural history and human history, Andersen presents a cautionary tale of exploitation without concern for preservation.

      • That sounds like a good book…my mother grew up in Port Washington, back in the 30’s. She remembered the horsehoe crabs especially well. Well, they’re not going anywhere too soon, right?

      • Oh, I hope the horseshoe crabs will continue for another several million years. We did see many of them, in recent years, dead on the beaches… heard it was a disease peculiar to them vs pollution, however. Saw many hearty ones this year!

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