Nature Notes

  • What’s On the Line: Cobia

    Ling, sergeant fish, lemonfish, crab eater — otherwise known as cobia, this fish grows large in N.C. waters, with the state and world record weighing more than 116 pounds caught here.

  • On The Line: False Albacore

    One of the best places to fish for the tuna-like false albacore is off the coast of Cape Lookout says columnist Robert Michelson.

  • What’s On the Line? Triggerfish

    One of the strangest looking and trickiest to catch saltwater fish in North Carolina waters is the triggerfish. These animals swim by moving their top fin and bottom fins. Flapping them in the “breeze,” they are able to hover in one position. They can also lock themselves in a reef crevice for protection by erecting these […]

  • Death of a Royal Tern

    Peter Vankevich, co-publisher of the Ocracoke Observer, recounts finding a deceased royal tern at Springer’s Point and learning something unusual about the banded bird through the Bird Banding Laboratory in Patuxent, Maryland.

  • American Shad Restoration Efforts Continue

    American shad, once an important fishery in North Carolina, declined sharply in the late 20th century, but state and federal agencies are cooperating to restore their numbers.