|Bay Scallop in a natural eelgrass meadow off Shelter Island, NY|
Yesterday we had hoped to get out to several of our Long Island Sound test planting locations to check on their status, but unfortunately the heavy fog prevented us from getting that far. Lucky for us, the fog wasn't really hanging around the Peconic Estuary as much so we decided to cut our losses and drop in on a few sites that I had been meaning to dive for a while. These sites included two recently discovered natural meadows that we located using aerial photos this past winter as well as two potential test planting sites. While the test planting sites didn't look promising, the natural meadows were beautiful and, as usual, we observed some pretty interesting things.
|Four large hard clams growing within a same natural eelgrass meadow off Shelter Island, NY|
|Two hard clams growing within 8" of the group of four shown above|