Outdoors

Eastern spadefoot toads, like this one in captivity at the South Fork Natural History Museum, have specially designed “paws” that allow them to burrow like a mole, and an eerie quacking call that can be heard before they emerge from the soil in heavy spring and summer rains. Durell Godfrey

Tim Macierowski was the angler and John Brunelle the captain on the Lady Irene when this winning mako, a 325-pounder, was caught on Saturday during the Star Island Yacht Club and Marina’s two-day Shark Fishing Tournament over the weekend. The winners captured $38,500 in prize money. Jack Yee



Slav Soroka guarded a female snapping turtle as she laid her eggs at the side of Northwest Road in East Hampton last Thursday. Larry Penny

Nick Hemby of Water Mill stood behind his winning striped bass with fellow anglers, Jack Healey, left, and Scott Healey, during the weigh-in of the Ducks Unlimited striped bass tournament held from the Star Island Yacht Club on Saturday. Nick Hemby Collection

Looks heavy. Bill Gardiner caught this 42.26-pound striped bass early Saturday morning in Montauk. As of Tuesday, the fish led the Montauk SurfMasters’ spring shootout tournament. Paul Apostolides

Durell Godfrey

Although foul weather has slowed down the season somewhat, fluke and striped bass are being landed with regularity. Russell Drumm