Apr 19, 2015 Written by
Published in Beach Life

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. 

Sep 15, 2014 Written by
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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.