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Jul 23, 2009 4:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Thousands of bunker chased ashore in Sagaponack

Jul 23, 2009 4:41 PM

Thousands of bunker, a small fish related to the herring, were stranded and died on the sand at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack on Thursday morning, likely chased onto land by larger predator fish.

The bunker, also known as menhaden or mossbunker, were about 12 to 15 inches long. They are one of the staple baitfish for gamefish like striped bass, bluefish and bluefin tuna.

Bunker migrate along the northeast coast throughout the year, spawning several times in coastal bays and harbors. They are harvested by the millions for use in fish meal and fish oil dietary supplements.

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Looks like they will be banging bongo drums with bunker this weekend!
By G (342), Southampton on Jul 24, 09 7:34 AM
Will we be cleaning them up, or let Mother Nature take it's course.

Nothin' like the smell of fresh bunker oil in the mornin'!!!!!
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 24, 09 9:51 AM
Mr.Z....thats very funny!
By hamptonchic (11), Bridgehampton on Jul 24, 09 11:17 AM