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.
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.
The 'official'* southern limit to the distribution of the Sargassum Anglerfish, Histrio histrio is Burrill Lake, New South Wakes (35.37°S). This movie, kindly sent to us by Kerryn Wood (Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Eden) shows a fish filmed in 18 March 2011 at Bar Beach, Merimbula (36.85°S), well south of the known range of the species. Thank you Kerryn!
It was a 'week of sharks'. The highlight was the addition of some quite disturbing images of a White Shark being 'strangled' by a plastic packing strap. Other less upsetting images, including two of Galapagos Sharks, were also added to the site. Thank you as always to all of you who contributed and commented throughout the week.
This week considerable effort has gone into the 'master list' of species on the site. When completed, the list will allow users to easily see a summary of the images and fact sheets available for each species. As usual, some great images were added during the week, plus a fact sheet on shrimpgobies and their relationship with burrowing shrimps. Thank you to all our contributors.
This week we feature a blog post on Dr Jeff Leis' research. We show you how to age a shark by examining its backbone and present an image of a juvenile fish collected in French Polynesia, along with the net that collected it. We welcome Dr Barry Russell, who is currently visiting the Fish Section to further his research on lizardfishes.