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By adamg - 6/19/22 - 5:27 pm
Terns all over by the Charles River locks and dam

We walked across the temporary North Washington Street Bridge today and couldn't help but notice the large colony of terns dive bombing the water - as a flotilla of cormorants dived well under the surface. And then a guy with several fishing rods in a kayak powered by pedals arrived on scene. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/22 - 11:44 pm
Bluegill nests in Jamaica Pond

Male bluegills have been busy of late building communal nests at several locations along the Jamaica Pond shoreline, such as this collection on the southern edge of the pond, to the left of the boathouse. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/22 - 11:05 am

Joey Ciaramitaro has been on Gloucester's docks since he was nine, and that he'd never before seen an Atlantic salmon swimming in the harbor.

By adamg - 3/9/22 - 2:19 pm
Threespine stickleback

Artist's rendering of a Jamaica Plain stickleback.

Jovielle Gers's mural on a traffic-signal box at 3201 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain has depictions of four rare species in Massachusetts: A piping plover, a red-bellied cooter turtle, gerardia flowering plants and a tiny fish, known as the threespine stickleback, which has its only Massachusetts freshwater population in a small pond that feeds into the Muddy River in Jamaica Plain. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/21 - 10:04 pm

WBZ reports why thousands of dead fish are now piling up on the shores of the Mystic River; reports the die off is "natural," rather than anything caused by chemicals or microbes.

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By adamg - 7/4/21 - 3:49 pm
Jamaica Pond fisherman and fish

A guy fishing at Jamaica Pond this afternoon landed what seemed like a pretty big fish to several people who stopped to watch him reel it in. He showed it off, then said it was nothing, and showed how large another fish he once caught in the pond was.

By adamg - 6/14/21 - 4:26 pm
Heron with catfish

Mary Ellen was down by the Charles River at Millennium Park this morning and watched a great blue heron enjoy a fresh catfish meal. It took the bird a half hour to subdue and finally consume the entire large fish, she reports. Read more.

By adamg - 4/24/21 - 5:16 pm
Four koi

Congregating koi in Jamaica Pond today.

A week ago, there was one koi swimming around at the north end of Jamaica Pond. Today there were at least five, and maybe six - two orange ones, a mostly white one and one or two sort of mud-colored ones. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/21 - 7:12 pm
Goose and koi

Looks like somebody dumped a sleek and sassy koi into Jamaica Pond recently. Although it doesn't show up in this poor photo, the fish has a splash of orange on its back near its eyes - unlike Moby Carp of years gone by, which was simply white. At one point the goose started going after the fish; the fish was having none of it and swam away.

By adamg - 10/12/20 - 3:29 pm

IT'S A FAHCKIN TUNA BRO! Part 1 & 2

The Wareham Department of Natural Resources pleads with residents to knock it off already about a sunfish in one of its inlets off Buzzards Bay: Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/20 - 9:54 am
Dead pogies by the Museum of Science

The other day, Adam Castiglioni spotted a lot of dead fish floating in the Charles at the Museum of Science and wondered what's up with that. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/20 - 11:39 pm

According to posters in the Jamaica Pond Facebook group, there are now at least two koi in Jamaica Pond, one orange and one white, and that's not a good thing because they can grow fat and sassy, as they eat and uproot underwater plants and contribute to algae blooms through their waste.

By adamg - 8/1/19 - 10:54 am
Dead pogies at the Charles River locks

Although some of the pogies that began showing up at the mouth of the Charles a few days ago made it out to their briny destiny in the Atlantic, others are now piling up by the locks and dam, dead. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/19 - 11:59 am
A lot of fish in the Charles River

UPDATE: The fish are dying now.

Theodore Hook spotted a ton of swirling pogies at the Charlestown locks this morning.

By adamg - 8/8/17 - 8:20 am

Herring on the move. Photo by MyRWA.

The Mystic River Watershed Association reports volunteers counted 40% more herring swimming up the river to spawn at the Mystic Lakes this year than last year. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/17 - 1:52 pm

Governor Baker, Secretary Beaton and local elementary school students stock Jamaica Pond with trout

In what has become an annual tradition for governors of the Commonwealth, Charlie Baker went down to Jamaica Pond yesterday to join with local school kids and City Councilor Matt O'Malley to restock the pond with fish.

Earlier:
Moby Carp lives!

By adamg - 5/5/16 - 7:31 am

Jamaica Plain News recaps yesterday's annual trout release at Jamaica Pond.

By adamg - 7/21/15 - 10:13 am
Giant white fish of Jamaica Pond

As I walked around Jamaica Pond this morning, I spotted the Leviathan: The fabled giant white carp of Jamaica Pond. It moved at a stately pace along the bank (near that weird bench you can't actually sit on) before slowly turning and moving into deeper water.

By adamg - 6/19/15 - 10:50 am

The Mystic River Watershed Association ponders all the dead fish floating to the top of the Mystic of late, concludes it's probably a natural phenomenon, unrelated to either possible oil spills or low amounts of oxygen in the water: Read more.

By adamg - 5/25/15 - 6:18 pm
Catching stripers in Boston Harbor
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