Outdoors

I love to get up early and take it all in
While fly-casting from shore, Harris Stoker landed and released this small striped bass off Navy Beach.

Juvenile bobwhite after bobwhite fluttered off into the green tapestry of Montauk County Park
The bobwhites have flown the coop. Jessica James of Montauk stood by an empty cage after helping to release juvenile bobwhite quail at Montauk County Park on Saturday. Jane Bimson

No pack of paparazzi or high-powered agents follow this humble, stubby, slow-swimming fish
The oyster toadfish won’t win any beauty contests, but it is edible. Jon M. Diat
David Wagner of East Hampton landed this four-pound sea bass on Sunday near Plum Gut. William Feigelman

We are one of the few mammals that engages in combat
A pygmy pilot whale was found beached east of Shagwong Point in Montauk in May 2016 along with another smaller whale. Victoria Bustamante

And who has the brains and guts to argue with Mother Nature?
Dave Debaun of Southampton landed a large thresher shark off Block Island last week on the charter boat Blue Fin IV. Capt. Michael Potts

Another Humpty Dumpty story

Short-tempered, feisty, and downright nasty in its demeanor
Catching blue-claw crabs is fun, but because diamondback terrapins can also be lured to crab traps by the scent of bait, the D.E.C. is offering free terrapin-excluder devices to install on the entryway to commercial and recreational crab pots. Jon M. Diat

What is a slug, anyway?
A large leopard slug made a mushroom its late-night meal. Maryann Buquicchio

Prizes are awarded for a combination of the largest of four species of fish: striped bass, bluefish, fluke, and sea bass
Ray Sperling of Sag Harbor, at right, needed help holding the 49.95-pound striped bass he caught on the charter boat Breakaway on Saturday during the Montauk Grand Slam Fishing Tournament. It was the largest bass landed in the history of the event. Jon M. Diat

There was a brownish wrack line marking the reach of an extra high tide stretching in both directions for more than a mile
Found along the wrack line on the beach between Bridgehampton and Sagaponack were untold numbers of blue mussels and tiny blue mussels, at most an eighth of an inch in size. Jean Held