A newly hatched Atlantic silverside larva of about 5 mm length tries gingerly to stalk and attack a brine shrimp nauplius. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) Young-of-the-year Atlantic silversides schooling near the seafloor of Bluff Point beach, Long Island Sound (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) On 12 September 2017, young-of-the-year Atlantic silversides (Menidia menidia) school in nearshore waters (Photo: Jacob Snyder, Bluff Point, CT) Juvenile silverside school in shallow water above a juvenile black sea bass (Jacob Snyder, 12 Sept 2017, Bluff Point) A sea scallop opening to feed in coastal Long Island Sound (Jacob Snyder) Rock gunnel (aka butterfish) Pholis gunnelus Longhorn sculpin Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus In June 2017, our 100ft beach seine is being pulled onto the beach in Mumford Cove, CT An rare, but not unusual seine catch in Mumford Cove The first seine of the spring season is getting pulled up on the beach of Mumford Cove during early morning on 24 April 2017 James and Hannes wading into Mumford Cove hoping to catch the first spawning ripe Atlantic silversides of the season. Digital x-rays radiographs of juvenile topsmelt, Atherinops affinis, a Pacific coast silverside species. Radiographs like these can be used to determine the number of vertebrae, a meristic trait that systematically increases with increasing latitude in many fish populations. The R/V Gloria Michelle before leaving port on 14 September for the 2nd leg of the fall 2016 Massachusetts Bottom Trawl survey. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) On 15 September 2016, the bottom trawl net is emptied onto the R/V Gloria Michelle for the crew to sort, weigh and measure the catch. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) On 16 September 2016, Jake measures skates on board the R/V Gloria Michelle. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) Hannes preparing a small bongo net to sample copepods and fish larvae on 6 June 2016 in Mumford Cove, CT. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) On 13 June 2016, Jake carefully counts larval Atlantic silversides that developed in our rearing system at 20C. Groups of fish are gently scooped into replacement containers during counting and then placed back into the system. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) The new probe with a copper gauze protector against biofouling is getting deployed. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) A panorama of Mumford Cove from the South on 6 June 2016. To left, the cove is part of the Bluff Point State Park. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) On 1 June 2016, we caught a special critter in our bi-weekly beach seines in Mumford Cove – a leptocephalus, i.e. the larvae of an eel, born like all eels in the Sargasso Sea and drifting for months prior to metamorphosing. Leptocephali still feed mostly through the surface of their skin, while the digestive tract has yet to fully develop. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) An adult, live Atlantic silverside (Menidia menidia) from our spring 2016 sampling collection. It’s easy to see what earned this group of forage fish the name ‘silverside’. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) 120 hours old embryos of Menidia beryllina. The red dot in the middle is the yolk of an unfertilized infected with a ruby-red pathogen, a gram-negative but otherwise unknown bacterium. Oh and … if you see an elephant in this picture, you’re not alone (Photo: Chris Murray). On 4 May 2016, Chris is carefully filling 24 individual chambers of a microrespirometer with seawater and fertilized silverside embryos before the chambers get sealed and oxygen levels are measured every 15 seconds. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) On March 14 2016, Jake carefully pours Iodine solution into one of our rearing systems in order to thoroughly disinfect it prior to the onset of the new 2016 experimental season (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) Some fish were measured immediately, others were preserved in formaldehyde/seawater solution, frozen at -20C or -80C Avery Point with Rankin Lab and Lighthouse | 12/2015 (Photo: Hannes Baumann) On 4 November 2015, Chris Murray checks the content of a sediment grab for sand lance. RV Auk (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) On 14 October 2015, Hannes and Chris stretch out the 100 ft of beach seine on the Mumford Cove beach (Photo: Sean Flynn) Measuring the catch right on the beach (Photo: Sean Flynn). Liz being happy to go beach seining (Photo: Sean Flynn) Measuring Atlantic silversides (Photo: Sean Flynn). On the beach of Mumford Cove, Wes Liz, Megan, Jake, and Chris are seen working up the catch of the beach seine. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) It’s important to look carefully through the entire bag of the beach seine for fish tugged within the folds of the net. (Photo: Jacob Snyder, RedSkiesPhotography) A week after the first spawning moon of Atlantic silversides (M. menidia) at Mumford Cove, members of the lab and Dr. David Conover (SBU) are looking for silverside eggs.