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What is this bird with a long white tail?

The Question: A seabird showed up every day to circle our sailboat 200-300 miles northeast of the Bahamas. One day there were 3 of them, but most days there was just one. It looked ‘gull-like’ and was very white with striking black trim around the trailing edge of his wing feathers. The tail is long and string-like in appearance (versus a fan of feathers). What bird is this?

Submitted by: Ed, NC

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What are these tiny oily beads in Lake Huron?

The Question: In Michigan in early July, thousands of tiny, clear, oily, bead-like things were scattered all over the beach along the water line. We were wondering if they were a natural occurrence or some kind of pollution.

Submitted by: Sara, MI
(The picture to the left was taken with a cell phone.)

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What is This Eel-like Fish?

The Question: I recently I saw an eel-like fish while swimming in the sea in Rockport, MA. It looked around 3 feet (1 meter) long and was white/grey with black stripes (running from nose to tail, not vertically). It moved like an eel. We were in water that was around 3 feet (1 meter) deep, no snorkeling/diving mask.  It was very sandy, no rocks at all.  Not sure how many stripes exactly – my impression was that it was black stripes on a silver/white body…perhaps 12 or so thin stripes running nose to tail.  We saw it three times (or maybe different individuals). I would love to know what it was.

Submitted by: Kathryn W., Massachusetts

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