Sunday, July 9, 2017

Can I see some I.D.

Our first week at Pier's Park in East Boston was a blast! Between sailing, kayaking, fishing, and trapping we did it all, even in the rain! I think it is pretty amazing that even though this week was short it provided every child and staff member to do something they have never done before (myself included)! Some of us have never fished, caught a sea creature, kayaked or even been on a boat. I never thought I would commute to work by boat, but I did this week! Among all of the accomplishments that were made we caught many sea creatures. We put these creatures into touch tanks on the pier so that our campers could experience them in a smaller habitat up close. They were able to handle things such as common spider crabs, mussels, and tunicates. Fortunately, we could identify all but one.

Dee and Imani's descriptions
Kamal's description 

We caught a small fish about 4-5 inches long, it was banded, and was two different shades of brown. From the pictures I took it appears to have one long/connected dorsal fin and two pectoral fins. My team wrote and sketched descriptions of the fish in an attempt to gather information and begin our research. After thoroughly searching Massachusetts' fish and looking at many species my hypothesis for this fish's species is a Cunner. A Cunner is also referred to as a Sea Perch and is a close relative of the Tautog. Cunners can be found on the Atlantic Ocean coast from Newfoundland to New Jersey. The color of a Cunner can vary depending where it lives, those living in deep waters can be as red as a rosefish while those living in a muddy rocky shoreline have more of a deep sepia, brown, or rusty color. They are most likely to camouflage with the bottom of the ocean floor in which they are living. I hope you enjoy learning about the Cunner as much as I have!

Until next time!


Actual picture of our catch
Another picture to show the pattern on our fish

Ray's description and sketch 

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