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This week in Fish: Oh, oh, oh what an Oarfish!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 07 Jun 2013

Really interesting happenings this week.  Amazing Oarfish video and cool footage of juvenile Purplespotted Bigeyes.  Thank you everyone!

The fantastic Oarfish video above was filmed at a depth of 62 m, in the northern Gulf of Mexico, just before midnight on 15 August 2011.  The video is 10 minutes long but is SO worth watching! More information is available on YouTube.

We were also pleasantly surprised to receive images of a rare Headspot Moray.  The fish was 'hiding' in a log that brought up from the depths in a trawl net. It is now thriving in an aquarium.

New movies:

Flasher Sandgoby, Fusigobius signipinnis
Mountain Galaxias, Galaxias olidus
Oarfish, Regalecus glesne
Ornate Ghostpipefish, Solenostomus paradoxus
Purplespotted Bigeye, Priacanthus tayenus (on All Things Fishy)
Whitespotted Grouper, Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus (on All Things Fishy)

New images:

Flasher Sandgoby at Lizard Island
Headspot Moray in aquarium
Headspot Moray, Gymnothorax cephalospilus
Mozambique Seabream caught at Lord Howe Island
Juvenile Pale Surgeonfish
Purplespotted Bigeye, Priacanthus tayenus
Yellowfin Scorpionfish at Shiprock

New fact sheets:

Piedtip Cucumberfish, Paraulopus okamurai

New visitors:

Regular visitor John Pogonoski from CSIRO, Hobart visited on Friday.  He examined moray eel specimens that were collected during the Timor Leste expedition.

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