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Cormorants Like Fish Ladders, Too.

Posted by Richard Conniff on May 8, 2014

Clever cormorant says, "Howdy" to alewife.

Clever cormorant says, “Howdy” to alewife.

 

A few weeks ago I wrote about the new fish ladder bringing alewives back to Rogers Lake in Old Lyme.  These devices are built mainly to help fish recover old breeding grounds blocked off long ago by dams.  But the alewives aren’t the only ones to benefit.  In its weekly report on fish-counter results at fish ladders around the state, the Connecticut DEEP recently included this photograph from the fishway at Bunnell Pond in Bridgeport.  Something about the shadow-puppetry character of the photo makes it especially creepy.  Another photo showed an otter doing the same sort of thing.

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