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

Portella caught the humpback’s launch, slow roll with its long, white pectoral fins spread wide, and its awesome splashdown
On an offshore trip with Sea Turtle Dive Charters out of Montauk, a humpback whale launched itself out of the water, then returned, white pectoral fins spread wide, for an awesome splashdown. Dalton Portella

For several years now deer have also been blamed for removing the underbrush or subshrub groundcover across the South Fork
In our columnist’s opinion, one of the most serious charges against deer — that they are destroying the South Fork’s low woodland vegetation — is off the table. Dell Cullum

The Mentawais are a vast tropical paradise with Indian Ocean temperatures in the mid-80s
Nick Joeckel found himself in the “green room,” one of many he and 10 friends from Montauk experienced during a surf safari to Indonesia in June. Matt Clark

The proposed no-kill tournament and festival will replace the traditional chum-’em, catch-’em, and haul-’em-onto-the-scale scenario
Fishing alone on his 19-foot Sea Hunt, Rosebud, John Ebel of East Hampton landed this 254-pound mako on July 7, 26 miles south of Montauk Point. It was weighed in at the Star Island Yacht Club in Montauk. Nancy Ebel

Over many millenniums new species beget newer species

“when the wind is from the west the fishin’s best. When it’s from the east fishin’ least,”
Preparing for a trip Tuesday morning, Rob Aaronson, captain of the charter boat Oh Brother, talked fish and gave a tour of his tattoo that depicts his boat, his daughter, the Montauk Lighthouse, and of course, the sea. Russell Drumm

The struggling turtle had been spotted by a boater aboard the Madeline, from Quonset, R.I.