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Banana Spider Close up

Banana Spiders in My NY Kitchen!

It was a moment so serendipitous that it seemed out of fiction – Jumanji perhaps. I was busy procrastinating this morning when I noticed that “Banana Spiders” was trending #1 on yahoo. I thought “hmm – I’m hungry, I’d like a banana”.

My wife wakes and leaves early and we have gotten into the habit of sharing a banana in the morning.  She cuts, or breaks off half and leaves the other half for me. I know – it’s a little odd – but true.

I wandered into the kitchen to help myself to said banana half, and that’s when I noticed the odd cocoons on my banana!

Banana Spider!
Banana Spider!
Banana Spider Close up
Close up…

Luckily they don’t look like the deadly Brazilian Banana Spider, but still it’s gross.

I am not eating that banana (if you are wondering I ate a piece of cheese instead).

Then I put the banana in a clear plastic bag – let’s see what hatches!

Upper West Side Sturgeon, not at Barney Greengrass, It’s in the Hudson!

Riding down Riverside with Manfrank, Marsky and Sanderson on a lovely sunny day.

While locking up our bikes near the Pier i Cafe on 72nd (I just learned this place had a name). Some tourists were exclaiming about the stench of the Hudson, or so I thought.

As a I peered over the boardwalk’s steel railing that divides the human and the marine I noticed that what stunk was not only the Hudson, but an enormous fish. Some claimed it was a barracuda, though the short nose and seemingly bottom feeding mouth made me think otherwise.

sturgeon cropped

Mankfrank, an accomplished fisherman in his own right, subsequently identified the fish as a sturgeon (shortnose? atlantic perhaps?). Who knew the Hudson was still home to this caliber of fish?

In fact the sturgeon is the Hudson River Estuary’s logo, though I’d never seen one outside this blue and white image posted on the highways and byways running along its shore.

hudson estuary sturgeon

And though it was dead after all, seeing evidence of large life in the Hudson could be a heartening sign of the river’s health.