End of Pier Fish Trap Brings New Fish to Lab

We’ve had a busy June!!! The lab has been re-plumbed to better oxygenate our fish and invertebrate companions, we’ve had a volunteer diver visit us twice, and our head Naturalist Arthur Eves arrived along with 300 eager All Star 1 conferees this week.

In the past few weeks, we also perfected our end-of-the-pier trap and I wanted to take a moment to share some of our most recent visitors with you. Be sure to look for them during your time on Star this summer too!

The Cunner (as it's known commonly in New England) or Bergall

The Cunner (as it’s known commonly in New England) or Bergall

On it’s first night (unfortunately during our first Pel Show for ARTS…making this Pelican late for Pel Chorus), the trap caught 14 Cunner. Many of these fish live around Star’s pier and docks, preferring to hide amongst the rocks and algae. STAR FISHERMAN’S TIP: If you’re short on bait, these fish are known to bite on bacon saved from the dining hall.

Our Tomcod.

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Are there great white sharks in the Gulf of Maine?

So, one of the questions we get pretty frequently at the lab each summer is whether or not great white sharks actually swim anywhere near to the Isles of Shoals. Well, an article from this past July sheds light on this subject.

According to the Boothbay Register, of Maine, several fisherman observed a great white shark feeding on the carcass of a minke whale at several points last summer. Ryan Casey reports seeing the shark while lobstering off Damariscove Island and says:

It was about 15 feet long and you could see its head coming out of the water as it was feeding.

A shark expert later confirmed it was a great white. Casey’s video tells the story.

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