Capt. Ken Rafferty reported that his first albie catch of the season occurred on Monday
Michael Salzhauer presented the false albacore he caught on a fly near Little Gull Island on Monday. Capt. Ken Rafferty

“If you put up chairs and umbrellas on the beach, you can’t keep people out of the water even if there are signs that prohibit swimming”

Most of the birds are out foraging for insects, fruit, seeds, and the like away from residential areas

Dogfish as well as a small thresher shark, big porgies, trigger fish, dolphins have been feeding close to shore on the schools of squid in the area
Emma Zuccotti, center, wrestled this monster bluefish out of Gardiner’s Bay over the weekend. Andy Zuccotti

By Matthew Sprung
This newly discovered glass frog species is electric green with partially translucent skin, yellow spots, and a yellow underbelly. Alessandro Catenazzi
I came to know of this wonderful little creature by serendipity

Pelagic migrators of all kinds, including mahimahi, billfish, and tuna, have appeared offshore
Harry Ellis of Montauk displayed a 16-pound mahimahi he caught on light line on Aug. 7 in the Butterfish Hole south of Montauk Point. Harry Ellis

"It looked to me like an interesting package under the tree that you wanted to open but couldn’t”
And they’ve got a view people pay millions for. Jack Graves

Many plant species are consistently untouched by deer
Most plants that thrive in deer-filled areas, like Queen Anne’s lace, are actually poisonous. Durell Godfrey

The number of large sharks being caught and seen relatively close to shore has folks wondering
Chris Yates, left, caught this 185-pound (dressed weight) big-eye tuna from Capt. Peter Brancaleone’s Fish On boat on Sunday with the help of mate Peter Brancaleone Jr. The tuna was weighed in at the Star Island Yacht Club. Rich Janis