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This week in Fish: Vale - Dr Robert McDowall

This week we celebrate the life of the late Robert (Bob) McDowall, a giant in the New Zealand fish world.  We follow a juvenile chimaera swimming more than 1200 m below the surface.  There are plenty of new images, including shots of a moray eel that lives in freshwater and the amusingly-named 'Velvet Leatherjacket'.  Thanks as always to everyone who contributed.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 02 Sep 2011

This week in Fish: Martin and Carl visiting

It has been a busy week.  Two visiting researchers arrived on Monday.  They are examining morid cods in the ichthyology collection for the next fortnight.  We added another image of juvenile Roundface Batfish in Sydney, and bathed in a wealth of new fish images.  Thank you to all who contributed.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 26 Aug 2011

Using Biomimicry to cut the carbon!

Biomimicry is looking at the way nature does things and then copying nature to build a sustainable future and now scientist are looking at humans to learn how we can help with climate change.

By: Parrys Raines, Category: Science, Date: 24 Aug 2011

This week in Fish: Incredible! A new fish family.

It's a special week.  A new fish family has been discovered.  You can view a movie of this primitive eel that lives in a dark cave at the base of a coral reef in Palau.  Of course, there are plenty of other great images to check out.  Thank you very much, as always, to everyone who contributed.

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

'Living fossil' eel in an undersea cave

Dr Dave Johnson from the US National Museum in Washington just emailed me about an incredible eel that he and colleagues recently described.  The fish, Protanguilla palau, is now classified in a new family, the Protanguillidae.  It is one of the oldest eels (in evolutionary terms) known.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 18 Aug 2011

This week in Fish: Floating snailfish and lethal headband

This week we feature footage of a 'very lazy' snailfish filmed more than 1 km below the surface.  Sadly, we show yet another incidence of how innocuous-appearing litter can have disastrous effects on fishes. As always, thank you to all the people who have contributed images.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 12 Aug 2011

This week in Fish: Spiderfish swimming

Another week filled with interesting fishy content.  The highlight was adding a fantastic movie that shows a spiderfish swimming near the bottom, almost 1.5 km below the surface.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 05 Aug 2011

This week in fish: Steen and the Spookfish

The content of this post actually covers a little more than one week.  The addition of web content was interrupted last week because we spent four days in Townsville attending the 2011 Australian Society for Fish Biology annual conference and collections workshop.  There is a feast of fishy content listed below.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 29 Jul 2011

Mistaken identity?

Which is the greater threat to bird biodiversity: the introduced Common Myna or the Australian native Noisy Miner? 

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: Science, Date: 28 Jul 2011

Save our owls

The Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua), one of Australia's iconic birds, is currently listed as vulnerable in NSW with only 20-30 mating pairs in the Sydney region.

By: Jen Cork, Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 08 Jul 2011