Outdoors

With a strong southwest wind, Sunday seemed a perfect day for the trip
Michael Salzhauer caught this striped beauty while fishing with Capt. Ken Rafferty on the south side of Montauk Point at the spot known as Caswell’s on Saturday. Ken Rafferty

Is the world’s shoreline length increasing or shrinking?

It was not clouds of sail that her captain, Fred E. Bird, spread against the sky as his customers angled for fluke, striped bass, bluefish, and especially porgies
The late Capt. Fred E. Bird, Montauk party boat captain and jazz aficionado, was a legend in his own time. Phillip Graybill
The first to identify this mystery fish caught in a local trap will win a Star cap. Call 324-0002 with its name.

The August rains have already raised the level of water table ponds and kept perched ponds in business
A long pond system rising north of Scuttlehole Road in Bridgehampton includes Short’s Pond, Haines Pond, Goldfish Pond, Long Pond, Little Long Pond, and Kellis Pond at its southern end, as depicted in E. Belcher Hyde’s 1916 “Atlas of the Ocean Shore of Suffolk County.”

A life right out of a Hemingway novel
Capt. Kenny Bouse will be honored as part of this weekend’s Montauk Grand Slam charity fishing tournament held from Uihlein’s Marina and Boat Rental. Russell Drumm

The record June rains supplied enough water to sufficiently raise the water table
A now-submerged island in the northwest part of Fort Pond in Montauk was so high and dry 90 years ago that the remnants of an upland forest grew there. Victoria Bustamante

Anna Mary, the lobster boat John Aldridge fell from on July 24, supplied what seemed like an endless supply of lobsters for the party
The Anna Mary, anchored in Fort Pond Bay in Montauk Sunday, served as bandstand at a party to celebrate the rescue at sea two weeks ago of John Aldridge, a co-owner of the lobster boat. Lobsters were in copious supply. Atilla Ozturk

Plants don’t bite, but they can be the most menacing of all the lurkers
The white, milky sap of Asclepias syriaca, or common milkweed, would do most of us in if we ate it. Victoria Bustamante

It was as if a kind of benevolence was orchestrating the interplay of mankind and the sea
Jimmy Buffett, who participated in the no-kill SharkEye tournament over the weekend, kept his eyes peeled aboard the Last Mango. Buffet said such tournaments are the wave of the future.
An eight-foot blue shark swam away after being released.
Paul Stern brought a big blue shark alongside for a photo, a pat on the dorsal, and a fond farewell.Russell Drumm Photos

Such occlusive walls can presently be seen in all their summer glory in Montauk along Old West Lake Drive