Sunday, 19 April 2015 22:13

Beach Wildlife - Guitar Fish

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We were  trying to catch some pompano last Sunday, fishing with live shrimp.  My neighbor Emily got the first bite of the day, and hauled in a fish I had never seen before.  As you can see in the picture above, it looks a little bit like a shark and a little bit like a stingray.  It's a guitarfish, which is a type of ray.  It put up a good fight.  We snapped a few pictures then tossed him back in the surf. 

Monday, 15 September 2014 20:00

Beach Wildlife - Horseshoe Crab

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I was out in the surf trying to catch some bait with my cast net, when I noticed something much heavier than finger mullet in the net.  I gently dragged the net on shore and discovered a large horseshoe crab.  It's not too unusuall to see horseshoe crab shells that have washed up on the beach, but this is the first time I've seen a live one since I was out scalloping as a kid.  I never realize how spinny the shell of these crabs are, until I tried to get this one out of the cast net.  

This horeshoe crab seemed perfectly healthy and after a few pictures from beachgoers and some close inspections from curious children, I released him back into the surf, and he slowly disappeared.