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Islip in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Whale Shark

 
 
Whale Shark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2017
1. Whale Shark Marker
Inscription.
Largest in North America
31'5". Captured off F.I.
by Schaper Bros, Islip
8/9/1935. On display at
W.K. Vanderbilt Museum.

 
Erected by Historical Society of Islip Hamlet.
 
Location. 40° 43.674′ N, 73° 13.49′ W. Marker is in Islip, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Montauk Highway) and Degnon Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Main Street (Montauk Highway). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Main Street, Islip NY 11751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Schools (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Early Schools (approx. half a mile away); Willow Brook (approx. 0.6 miles away); Islip Crowd (approx. 0.6 miles away); Third Town Hall (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Islip.
 
More about this marker. The "F.I." referred to on the marker is Fire Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Whale Shark, Captured by Fishermen, to be Exhibited (Suffolk County News, 11/29/1935)
Whale Shark Marker - Wide View, Looking West on Montauk Highway image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2017
2. Whale Shark Marker - Wide View, Looking West on Montauk Highway
. (Submitted on December 2, 2017.)
2. Whale Shark Historic Marker (Historical Society of Islip). Why all the excitement? There are plenty of reasons....In the first place, the whale shark is very rare, especially this particular species, the rhineodon. Up to that time, only 80 (of all the different species combined) had ever been recorded, so any time one is caught, it's an event. Secondly, this one was the second largest ever found at 31 feet, 5 inches. The next amazing thing is that the whale shark is a fish of tropical (very warm) waters. No whale shark anywhere in the world had even come close to swimming this far north. (Submitted on December 2, 2017.) 
 
Additional keywords. fishing sportfishing
 
Categories. AnimalsSports
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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