Category Archives: Fish and Water Critters


   We are thinking that this flying fish must have been taking a swim when it was snagged by an enterprising Osprey.

   The pair were photographed over the Saw Mill Creek Trail in North Arlington. BTW, an NJMC naturalist said the fish in question is likely a weakfish.  (And getting weaker by the minute.)

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RIVER: Mud dwellers on the rebound


   The Hackensack River is slowly getting better in ways that most people never think of.

   It’s not just more fish and more species of fish — or more birds, and more species of birds. It’s what’s happening in the mud on the river’s bottom.

   Today, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission‘s scientific arm is announcing some encouraging news about the health of those little mud dwellers.

    Research by the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute shows that the snails, worms and other tiny organisms that live on tNereis_succineahe bottom of the river  are making significant gains in both numbers and biodiversity.

   (In the photo at left, researchers are gathering mud samples from the river bottom with a giant scoop. The creature pictured here, meanwhile is a Nereis succinea — or clam worm.)

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