Dave Spolisto, left, caught this beautiful 40-pound striper fly-fishing off Little Gull Island on Sunday. His brother, Nolan, helped pose it before it was released. Ken Rafferty

The 515-pound thresher shark caught by Stephen Deckoff and his son on June 26 was alive when this picture was taken. It was taken offshore and returned to the sea, still alive, soon after. Montauk Marine Basin

Madison Bodecker hefted a gigantic bluefish she caught on the Lazy Bones party boat last week. Jack Yee

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