Fish

IMG_5193Gasping at the surface near the pier, this fish was in trouble. Or so I thought. But it seemed to successfully dive back into the deeps, so it might have been feeding at something I couldn’t see on the surface. About 14″ long: what is it? IMG_5235And here, soon after low tide way up the Gowanus, a school of much smaller killifish, perhaps Mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus).

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4 Responses to “Fish”


  1. 1 elwnyc June 25, 2014 at 8:17 am

    “Way up the Gowanus” – is this an indication that the canal is getting less polluted?

    • 2 mthew June 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Perhaps, although I’ve seen these little ones in the canal for years now. They seem to be pretty hardy, even in oxygen-starved, polluted water.

  2. 3 ronpswegman June 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    The floater looks to be a large Atlantic Menhaden, (Brevoortia tyrannus). known regionally as “bunker” (pronounced “bunka”) :-)

    • 4 mthew June 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Sure looks like it with that sharply veed tail! Thanks, Ron.

      An oily fish once used for fertilizer; indeed, the name menhaden is supposed to be a Native American word for fertilizer. Now used for their oil and as animal feed.


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