Gowanus Fish

Life in the Gowanus, and I don’t mean the mythological Carroll Gardens flipper-baby frogmen that are supposedly heard plopping and flopping in the greasy water on still moonless nights.

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5 Responses to “Gowanus Fish”


  1. 1 meemsnyc August 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Good to know that there is life in those waters.

    • 2 mthew August 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      I’ve seen mallards, cormorants, and even red-breasted mergansers in there, too. Yesterday, swallows were poetically swooping over its foul waters. Some years ago there was an effort to seed mussels, but I don’t know where that plan went. A couple of years ago, during our big jellyfish bloom, they came all the way to the Union St. Bridge.

  2. 3 ronpswegman August 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    These little guys are probably spearing (Atlantic Silversides, Menidia menidia) or perhaps killifish (Mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus). I’m curious if there are snappers (juvenile bluefish) or fluke (summer flounder)following these baitfish into the Gowanus . . .

    • 4 mthew August 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks for this information, Ron. These little ones were at the 3rd St. Bridge, so a good bit “up” the canal. I don’t see why larger fish wouldn’t follow them in.


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