Wednesday, May 25, 2011

South Bay Ecology

Two species of aquatic fauna have recently been found in South Bay: the American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) and the Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis). The discovery of these two previously undocumented species was reported by Timothy O'Connor, on behalf of the South Bay Task Force, to the NYS Department of State Division of Coastal Resources and to the Common Council in a letter dated May 17. The discovery points up the need for a fish survey of South Bay, which was recommended in the 2008 study done by Hudsonia Ltd. but never undertaken.


  1. Carole, can you caption the photos? Who took them and what are we looking at. The photo of the snake eating what looks like an eel, is pretty amazing. It looks like a copperhead, but I cannot really tell. Is the lower one a herring? And was it taken after being caught on a fishing hook and line?
    Anything you can tell us to complete the story would be great. I love the South Bay, it is more alive than many believe.

  2. Tom--The pictures were provided by the South Bay Task Force. What I know about them is that the upper one shows an American Eel and a water snake--and yes, I guess the snake is eating the eel--and the lower one shows a Blueback Herring. Maybe someone from the Task Force could provide more information, but I do recommend visiting their website. The post includes a hyperlink.

  3. Congratulations to Tim O'Connor for his dedicated and dogged work concerning the South Bay, including his fishing by kayak in all kinds of inclement, rainy weather for the past 2 years. This is someone who really loves and intimately knows the South Bay