Cold water sharks
Capt. Burt Prince and his mate, Gary Starkweather, caught a porbeagle shark, said to be as tasty as a mako, while fishing off Montauk.

Commercial and recreational harvesters will be able to take shellfish from Northwest Creek from Dec. 15 to April 30. Morgan McGivern

By morning’s first light I could count the bites — 30 or so below my waist, a few on my arms, and some on my abdomen and gluteus maximus
Victoria Bustamante

“The planet is not our planet. I envision her as our mother, the mother of all life.”
Paul Greenberg, left, the author of “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood,” led a panel discussion on sustainable fisheries. Carl Safina, an author and founder of the Safina Center at Stony Brook University, was among the panelists. John Chimples

During the Surfers Healing event for autistic children in Montauk on Friday, Israel Paskowitz, seated on the board at right, filmed one of the young participants as she rode a gentle wave with her helper. Russell Drumm

In September, Long Island, especially along the coast, is a great migration route for shorebirds, hawks, dragonflies, and butterflies, or at least one species of butterfly, the monarch
The giant swallowtail butterfly, common in some parts of North America, is not often seen here. Karen Rubinstein

David Schleifer said the ray fought hard, his 20-pound-test monofilament tested to its limit
Fishing off Ditch Plain from his stand-up paddleboard, David Schleifer hooked this 40-pound ray.

We take sand for granted but it covers much of the world’s surface and forms an almost continuous band at the periphery of every continent except Antarctica

“Did you hear? So-and-so caught a this-and-that.” Carl heard it all, every day, a walking encyclopedia of fish facts.
“Is it because of global warming?” wondered Henry, Chris, and Xander Goodman after they caught a small bigeye tuna just off Wiborg’s Beach in East Hampton on Labor Day. Edward L. Shugrue III
Capt. Ken Rafferty guided Brett Davis to this 21-pound striped bass, his first on a fly rod. Ken Rafferty