Pier 42 Video
In the video, a school of Atlantic silversides (Menidia menidia) can be seen swimming around a piling. The Silverside is an extremely important food source for larger predatory fish and is found in high abundance throughout the western Atlantic. It is common in the lower Hudson River and the Long Island Sound. The Atlantic silverside is a small fish, with adult’s length rarely exceeding six inches. It can be easily identified by its lower metallic silver stripe and dorsal green to yellow stripe with a darker band in between the two. Atlantic silversides feed in schools and are opportunistic omnivores. They will often follow the tides movements along feeding grounds.