I stepped out into my back yard yesterday and a strong odor of fish assaulted my senses. Or maybe it was shrimp or crab shells. Surely, I thought, a neighbor had enjoyed a seafood feast days before and hadn't properly discarded the leftovers.
Late in the day I discovered the source of the odor. A school of menhaden had apparently found their way into the harbor. Menhaden are oily and smelly fish, and it seems they attracted a school of dolphins. I missed the spectacle, but I was told that it was quite a sight watching the dolphins pursue the menhaden.
Jaren Cullen took this photo. She was trying to catch the turbulence on the surface of the water, but it's not apparent from this distance. Regardless, I thought our readers would enjoy a view of Silver Lake Harbor (without the odor).
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Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here: