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By Author: Mark McGrouther

Grey Carpetshark senses

In this movie, Ryan Kempster, shark biologist at the University of Western Australia, talks about the senses and survival strategy of the Grey Carpetshark, Chiloscyllium punctatum. Other common names for the species include the Bamboo Shark and Brown-banded Catshark.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 21 Feb 2012

This week in Fish: Incredible Barreleye and a huge shark tooth

This week we show one of the most amazing pieces of movie footage taken in the deep sea.  It's hard to believe that the 'Incredible Barreleye' really exists.  We also show images of a 'sharky find' from southern Queensland.  Thank you to all our contributors!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 17 Feb 2012

Incredible Barreleye video

This incredible footage of a live Barreleye was taken by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. It has been viewed on YouTube over 3 million times.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 13 Feb 2012

This week in Fish: Shark beaching and Cobbler Wobbegong

Most of us have never seen a shark beach itself in an attempt to catch its prey?  Amanda was lucky enough to watch this happen and included a short video in her final 'Lizard Fish' blog post.  We link to some great footage of Southern Garfish feeding in the shallows in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and images.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Feb 2012

The Power of X-rays

Colleagues at the Smithsonian have just added a fantastic new online exhibition to their website.  Called 'What You See When You Turn a Fish Inside Out' gives users the chance to strip away the exterior of a fish and take an x-ray peek at its insides. Great stuff!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Feb 2012

Southern Garfish, Hyporhamphus melanochir

I was recently emailed about his footage of Southern Garfish feeding in the shallows in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria.  The videographer reported that the garfish "were breaking off strands of eelgrass and apparently stripping small invertebrates off the grass as well."

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 02 Feb 2012

This week in Fish: First specimen of Denise's Pygmy Seahorse

It was a week of images, punctuated by another of Amanda's blog posts from Lizard Island.  Ed Roberts kindly supplied an image of the first Denise's Pygmy Seahorse known from Australian waters.  The larval Barred Soapfish image is spectacular and John Harris' images of Cox's Gudgeon climbing Penrith Weir are pretty impressive.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 02 Feb 2012

This week in Fish: More from the field

This week Amanda Hay reports again from Lizard Island where she is doing fieldwork.  As usual, there are plenty of new images, a movie of a Whiptail with a parasitic problem and we welcome our new volunteer Morgan Crowcroft-Brown.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 27 Jan 2012

This week in Fish: Pipefish close up

This week we feature the first of a series of blog posts from Lizard Island.  There are some great new images of freshwater and marine fishes and a short movie of a large Black Rockcod filmed during the Kermadec Islands expedition. Thank you everyone.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 20 Jan 2012

This week in Fish: Shorthead Seahorse and Saddled Snake Eel

We added some great images and movies this week.  The Eastern Red Scorpionfish page has been updated to reflect the correct species name and an image of a juvenile Southern Red Scorpionfish was added.  Thanks all!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 13 Jan 2012