Outdoors

A “novel ecotype.”
Left uncultivated after many years of farming, a field on Deerfield Road in Water Mill grew up naturally with native plants. Larry Penny

Researchers in Australia decided to examine persistent claims from chronic lung disease sufferers that they could breathe more easily after a day of surfing
Jonathan Whitestone with a striped bass caught on bunker chunk from White Sands Beach on Napeague. Harvey Bennett

Menhaden are critical to the ecology of coastal waters
Peter Honerkamp, right, fishing with Capt. Ken Rafferty in Gardiner’s Bay, caught a 30-pound striped bass, his first. Barry Steckowski
The winning Montauk Grand Slam team, pictured with Dan DeGray from Mercury Marine, at left, included Shawn Ackley, Jonathan Perkins, Al Williamson, and Jeff Harrison. Rick White

The days could get even doggier
Some shorebirds, like the willet, don’t go much farther north than Long Island to breed. Durell Godfrey

A patented and slick-looking stainless steel casting device that uses compressed air to launch rigged bait
Anni Spacek, 13, caught a nine-pound fluke by the Shagwong buoy this week. Peter Spacek

Stands of this species are not uncommon on the banks that separate the shore from seawater
Ailanthus altissima

There are many productive saltwater and freshwater spots from Montauk to East Hampton
Ten angry pounds of bluefish were brought to the scale by Tom Duffy aboard Capt. Ken Raffery’s boat in Gardiner’s Bay on Sunday. Capt. Ken Rafferty

East End Classic Boat Society holds its annual fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Hartjen-Richardson Community Boat Shop at 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett

The South Fork of Long Island has just about every kind of ecological assemblage found in all the rest of the Mid-Atlantic States, but in miniaturized form

A 16-foot, 3,456-pound great white shark about the size of a Honda Accord
Brendan Fennel landed a 42-pound striper at the South Ferry slip on North Haven on a live bunker this week. Harvey Bennett