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  1. Thank you for letting me know. If you find a stranded live or dead sunfish, please call our rescue/research hotline at 508-566-0009. I live in Middleboro, but have the day off today so will be heading down to Wellfleet to try and locate these two carcasses. If anyone finds them this morning, please call. Thank you, Krill PS. Most fish in Wellfleet Harbor die because they get stuck in the harbor and can not figure out how to get out. These are healthy fish in the wrong place at the wrong time. If they get stuck in shallow water and strand, they will die. They need to get back into the deeper water of cape cod bay and head out and then south to warmer wintering areas.
  2. Interesting information. Thank you. We would really appreciate if if you could report your mola sighting, even one that occurred earlier this season. To input your sighting online, go to Once inputted, your sighting will be entered into our long-term database for this species. We will need a date, time, general location and GPS position (latitude and longitude). If you don't have the GPS position, you can go to Google Maps and double-click on the location of the fish. A window should appear with the lat and long. If you use Google Earth, all you need to do is to place the cursor on the location of the fish. The latitude and longitude will appear on the lower right of the screen. Thank you for all your help. I wish I had an app for this to make reporting easier, but they are very expensive and we are an all-volunteer nonprofit. Best, Krill
  3. Great. Can you report at You can group your sightings if that is easier for you. Best, Krill
  4. Hi: I can't tell if I sent my replies to this thread or another. But for sea turtles, contact Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay at 508-349-2615. They will also strand this time of the year if the become trapped inside Cape Cod Bay and become cold-stunned. Need to get them off the beach and to the New England Aquarium for rehab. Since sea turtles are an endangered species, Wellfleet Bay carries the Federal permit to handle these animals and trained volunteers like myself are covered under their permit. If you can't get in touch with Wellfleet Bay, always feel free to contact me at and 508-369-8303. For terrapins, the most northerly location for native population is Wellfleet. We (NECWA) cover terrapins in the Onset, Wareham, Marion and Mattapoisett areas. Over the past few days, we have had a number of wayward ocean sunfish in the Taylor Point/Buttermilk Bay area. Please call me if you find one trapped. These are healthy fish that just took a wrong turn. I have a number of fishermen friends and locals who help to relocate these animals before they strand and die. If they die, then we conduct a necropsy on the animal, but I would prefer to have them swimming free. Best< Krill
  5. OK, I saw a post about terrapins. The most northerly location for terrapins is Wellfleet. We study the terrapin population in the southcoast area of MA which includes the coastal waters and marshes of Onset, Wareham, Marion and Mattapoisette. If anyone finds a terrapin north of Wellfleet, that would be something and very unexpected. Feel free to contact me directly at Best, Krill
  6. Hi Everyone: Again, NECWA is an all-volunteer nonprofit. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to write-up sightings of sunfish or basking sharks and therefore, greatly appreciate folks going to the website and inputting their sightings. You need date, time, general location, GPS position and photos or video if possible. The GPS position is the toughest to get so use Google Maps or Google Earth to get a relative position for your fish. When you use, your sighting is automatically inputted into our long-term database. Thanks guys! I wish I had the time but I don't. Feel like I am treading water most days and not doing as good of a job as I need to. Thanks for you help.
  7. Hi: Mass Audubon is interested in sea turtle sightings. Their website is In the fall and early winter, sea turtles, like ocean sunfish, become trapped inside Cape Cod Bay and become cold-stunned. It usually takes a strong wind to wash them ashore, but that is when you want to get them above the high tide line, bury them in a shallow hole on the beach, cover them with weed wrack to keep them warm and call Audubon. I am a trained volunteer with Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay and walk the beaches of Sandwich, Sagamore and Scusset looking for turtles that may be washed up with an easterly wind. Folks can call me if they find one washed ashore or floating offshore stunned (508-369-8303). Best to call Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay since they hold the permit from the federal government to handle these animals. I work under their permit. Audubon's number is 508-349-2615 x6104
  8. We need those eyes on the water and that expertise and that is why we are trying to connect with fishermen (commercial and recreational), recreational boaters, beach walkers, canal walkers, etc. is a community-based network of interested and concerned folk. Right now, we are getting reports of sunfish taking the wrong turn at Mass Maritime and heading towards Taylor Point Marina and Buttermilk Bay. Please call me at 508-369-8303 if you see a sunfish stuck in these areas. Yesterday, a friend of mine and local fisherman/aquaculturist was able to move one back into the Cape Cod Canal. These are healthy fish that are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thanks, Krill
  9. Could be either a sunfish or tuna. Ocean Sunfish do breach out of the water which is very interesting to see. Very powerful fish for they can dive up to 3,000 feet deep in search of jellyfish. They use their dorsal and anal fin to move and the tail, called the calves, is used more like a rudder.
  10. Beautiful photos. Those wounds are caused by external parasites and most ocean sunfish have those areas on the head, forward of the dorsal fin and near the anal vent. From what I can tell, all very natural. Now of course, ocean sunfish also show evidence of getting hit by boats but the ones in your photos look like wounds from parasites. Can you go to and report this sighting so that the information is automatically registered into our database? If you don't have a latitude and longitude, you can use Google Earth to find the general location of the fish. Thank you so much and I hope you see many more : ) Best, Krill 508-369-8303
  11. Hello. I am a marine biologist with the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), an all-volunteer nonprofit based in southeastern MA. We established a community-sighting network for basking sharks and ocean sunfish in 2005 called NEBShark. We are asking fishermen, recreational boaters and beach walkers to report their sightings of both live and dead ocean sunfish and basking sharks to this network with the focus of better understanding these very unusual species in the waters of New England. We ask for basic sighting information when reporting to including: the date, time, general location, GPS position and photographs/video (if collected). Each fall, NECWA also works hard to rescue live ocean sunfish that strand along the shores of New England. As an all-volunteer group, we are always looking for help with these endeavors as all of us associated with NECWA are volunteering our time and efforts. If the animal strands dead, then we switch gears and conduct a necropsy or animal autopsy. We collect photographs of the carcass along with body measurements, weights, external and internal parasites and tissues. We are using this material to support our research as well as that of other researchers in the United States and worldwide. To learn more or to report your sighting today, go to To learn more about NECWA, go to Thank you for your time and support. Best, Krill Carol "Krill" Carson Marine Biologist and President, NECWA