Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

This past Sunday afternoon, I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time to see something extraordinary. Sitting on the bank of Mill Brook just below the Mill Pond dam, watching to see what fish might be about, I spied several dozen tiny elvers (one and a half inch-long baby eels) against a patch of light colored sand in the stream bottom, trying unsuccessfully to make their way upstream.

Awesome to consider the journey that these tiny eels had made across the entire Atlantic Ocean from where they spawned in the Sargasso Sea, only to have their life cycle blocked by the 24-inch drop of the dam at Mill Pond.


Prudy Burt, West Tisbury