To an overly curious 5-year-old boy, it was a fascinating creature to witness for the very first time
Say cheese! Bottlefish — a.k.a. blowfish, blow toads, northern puffer, sea squab, puffers, and chicken of the sea — are being caught in great numbers in local waters. Terie Diat

The earth’s longstanding ecosystems are changing
One example of our local novel ecosystem are these barn swallows nesting on an I-beam in the ceiling of Joe’s Garage in North Sea — out of place, but perfectly at home. Terry Sullivan

The season of the insects
A large cicada-killer wasp at work in Sag Harbor Terry Sullivan

“I love when the weather forecast keeps the weekend mob scene at the dock."
Left, Andy Zuccitti of East Hampton hoisted a 50-pound bluefin he caught south of Montauk last week. Right, Ole Olsen snagged a 14.52-pound fluke on the Ebb Tide II Harvey Bennett and Ebb–II Photos

Codfish can be found in pretty solid and consistent quantities during the dog days of summer
No, this bicolor lobster is not half-boiled. This curious 1.6-pounder arrived at Stuart’s Seafood Market in a shipment from Nova Scotia on Monday. Charlotte Sasso, the shop’s owner, said she plans to report it to the folks at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. Charlotte Sasso
Vinny Esposito of Wantagh hoisted a 35-pound cod caught aboard the Viking Five Star last Thursday. Jon M. Diat

This solar farm in Riverhead boasts some 40 acres of solar panels. Larry Penny

It’s all part of a day on the water and taking all of it in
Sam Doughty of East Hampton caught this 37-pound striped bass on Sunday during the Montauk Mercury Grand Slam Tournament. Jon M. Diat

Local songbirds have been able to produce two litters of nestlings, deer and turkeys have plenty to eat, fish crows and common crows are at it in Sag Harbor
Fiddler crabs are up and at 'em as soon as the tide begins to ebb. Durell Godfrey

Whether baking exposed on the edge of a marsh bank during a weeklong summer heat wave or clammed up during an extended deep-winter freeze, bank mussels are just about impervious to all Mother Nature can throw at them. Jon M. Diat

Which species is the most famous for preying on its own?
Deer at the Nature Trail in East Hampton Village. While they are ubiquitous on the South Fork, there is much we do not know about these complex creatures. Dell Cullum