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  • Sunrise on Point Judith Pond in Narragansett. Courtesy of Prentice Stout, a recent retiree from the Graduate School of Oceanography at The University of Rhode Island, who has spent his life studying and photographing this coastal pond in southern Rhode Island. © Prentice Stout
  • Prentice Stout, “PK” as his students call him, began the SeaQuest program at the YMCA’s Camp Fuller located on Pt. Judith Pond in order to interest young people in the ocean. Here is PK showing his students a moon snail egg mass. Moon snails are predatory and feed on clams and other snails. © Prentice Stout
  • A student of PK’s holding a healthy bay scallop. Typically found in clean waters, juvenile scallops attach to blades of eelgrass and by doing so suspend themselves above the substrate reducing the impact of suffocating silt and predatory crabs. © Prentice Stout
  • This osprey, formerly known as a fish hawk, is flying with a tagged fish in its talons. After years of low population numbers, osprey have rebounded along the Atlantic coast. © Prentice Stout
  • It took a lot patience and dozens of shutter releases to capture this Great Blue Heron in action. Herons, with great stealth, creep through shallow water and wait motionless for fish to come into range. © Prentice Stout
  • The Common Eider is the largest species of duck in the Northern Hemisphere. This drake undoubtedly took advantage of the open waters of Pt. Judith Pond to rest or possibly dive for mollusks and crustaceans. The Common Eider, a more northerly nester, is known to migrate as far south as the coast of Virginia in winter. © Prentice Stout
  • Razor clams are found along the littoral (surf) zone. Because of their ability to withdraw quickly into the sand, they out-compete the clam digger and therefore have much less commercial value than other more widely harvested species of clams. They are, however, well liked for their flavor! © Prentice Stout
  • Adult bay scallops live on top of the pond's substrate and are more vulnerable to predators than other species of bivalves, such as clams, which bury themselves. Note the blue dots along the margin of the shell. They have 18 pairs of blue “eyes” that can detect shadows and movement and can swim short distances to escape predators. © Prentice Stout
  • What do you see? Winter flounder are masters of camouflage that have the capability of changing colors and patterning themselves to match the substrate. They are an important commercial fish in New England, but unfortunately, their numbers have dropped due to poor water quality and habitat destruction. © Prentice Stout
  • Tautog, or Blackfish as they are sometimes called, are found near rocky reefs along the southern New England coast. They own a set of molar-like teeth in the back of their mouths for crushing prey. © Prentice Stout
  • A Blue Crab caught swimming through the water column. It’s scientific name is Callinectes sapidus, meaning “Beautiful Swimmer”. © Harold “Wes” Pratt
  • Animal or artwork? Actually, it is an encrusting bryozoan, a colonial “moss animal”. Bryozoans are most abundant in clear temperate-tropical waters. © Prentice Stout
  • Pretty in Pink! This Pink-Hearted Hydroid is an animal not a plant. A colony is made up of individuals that take on specific tasks such eating or defending the colony. © Prentice Stout
  • Barnacle love? These Northern Rock Barnacles have been caught in the process of fertilizing each other. This sexual reproduction requires individual animals to settle in close proximity to one another. © Prentice Stout
  • These Long-finned Squid(also known as cuttle fish) swimming through Point Judith Pond startled the photographer as they darted overhead. © Prentice Stout
  • A juvenile squid seen here through magnification shows the distinct color of the chromatophores. Chromatophores are cells that “light up” and give the squid its notable iridescent appearance. © Prentice Stout
  • A colleague of Prentice’s holds up a large hermit crab; an unusual find in the pond! © Prentice Stout
  • Billington Cove Marina. Check your local library for Prentice’s book: “A Place of Quiet Waters: The History and Natural History of Rhode Island’s Point Judith Pond and the Harbor of Refuge”. © Prentice Stout
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