Several species of aquatic wildlife were observed by those seining in the Bronx River Estuary. NYC Parks Natural Resources Group staff were joined by helpers from the Bronx River Alliance, Rocking the Boat and the local community to survey the aquatic wildlife in the vicinity of the oyster reefs that were installed off the bank of Soundview Park in 2006. The group used a large net called a seine net to corral the critters so they could get a closer look, count and measure them. Fish species spotted included striped bass, pipefish and summer founder. Blue crabs, grass shrimp and an interesting-looking parasite (photo at right–don’t worry, we zoomed in) called Lironeca ovalis
also made appearences.