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Whale Shark in Botany Bay - April 2011

A friend just called me to say that she had heard that a Whale Shark was swimming in Botany Bay.  "No way" was my initial reaction. Apparently members of the Abyss Scuba Diving encountered the fish this morning and have posted images on their Facebook account.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 19 Apr 2011

This week in Fish: Lots of sharks and Fin Forensics

It has been a 'sharky week' with the addition of images showing a shark bite on a horse (really!), a Prickly Dogfish, and wounds inflicted on larger fishes by Cookiecutter Sharks.  Rebecca Johnson from our Genetics Unit deserves another cheer for her TV appearance on Catalyst.  Thank you as always to all contributors and to the increasing number of people who are adding comments.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 15 Apr 2011

Fin forensics and the fish collection

The Australian Museum's Dr Rebecca Johnson appeared in the Catalyst Fin Forensics story on 7 April 2011. The show focused on the the practice of shark finning and highlighted how the museum's Genetics Unit were instrumental in a successful legal prosecution.  The Australian Museum's 'fishos' were also delighted to see some excellent footage of the Fish collection that appeared in the story.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 11 Apr 2011

This week in Fish: undescribed anglerfish and bellowsfish

This week I was delighted to add two beautiful images of the undescribed 'Bare Island' anglerfish. Also added were a 'new species' for the site, the Little Bellowsfish plus some great images of a Common Galaxias and a Scribbled Unicornfish from remote Middleton Reef. From closer to home, the Horned Blenny makes an ever-so-cute appearance. As always, thank you to all contributors!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 08 Apr 2011

This week in Fish: Find a fish launched

I don't mind saying that I'm pretty excited to be able to announce that the new Find a Fish page is online. Working on this page (and those that sit beneath it) has consumed more of my evenings than I would like to admit.  In addition, as always, some great images were added. Thanks troops!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 01 Apr 2011

My little interview with Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery is an amazing man and has done amazing things. He is a scientist, explorer, and author and as I found out when I met him he has got a great sense of humour. Professor Flannery is someone I admire and look up to so to meet him was really special. I just wish I could spend more time with him to talk "enviro" talk!

By: Parrys Raines, Category: Science, Date: 27 Mar 2011

This week in Fish: Ellie the eel

All was quiet on the web front last week because we were doing fieldwork.  We've made up for it this week with the addition of plenty of new content.  The blog posts on a wayward Sargassum Anglerfish and Ellie the eel are certainly worth a look, as are the great new images.  Thank you as always to all contributors.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 25 Mar 2011

An eel called Ellie

Thank you to Gavin Gatenby for putting together this impressive movie about 'Ellie' the Longfinned Eel (Anguilla reinhardtii).  As he says in the commentary, the freshwater eels are known for their impressive spawning migrations. Four species of Anguilla are known from Australian waters.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 25 Mar 2011

Tim Flannery is in the house on Thursday night!

Tim Flannery is someone I truly admire. I know those who were able to get tickets for his talk this week will be very inspired. I wish I could be there!

By: Parrys Raines, Category: Science, Date: 22 Mar 2011

One small step

Friday the 11th of February 2011 was a big day for me but the environment is the big winner. This was the official ceremony to announce that St Mary’s Star of the Sea College was banning the single use plastic bottle.

By: Parrys Raines, Category: Science, Date: 21 Mar 2011