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By Author: Mark McGrouther

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

This week in Fish: Deepsea fish with four eyes?

This week we feature the incredible Glasshead Barreleye along with underwater images of the famous Smalltooth Cookiecutter Shark.  We show divers descending through clear water at the Kermadec Islands and watch a Pacific Leaping Blenny go through its paces.  Thank you very much to everyone who contributed.

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

Pacific Leaping Blenny doing its thing

Last week we added a fantastic image of a Pacific Leaping Blenny, Alticus arnoldorum. This slow-motion video shows how the fish 'takes to the air'.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 30 Jun 2011

This week in Fish: Pacific Leaping Blenny

This week we feature the incredible Pacific Leaping Blenny and show movie footage of a very lively Spikefin Goby in an aquarium.  We farewell Justine our 'metal tag worker' and ask the question "Why don't anemonefishes get stung?".

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 24 Jun 2011

Spikefin Goby, Discordipinna griessingeri

This embedded video shows a Spikefin Goby in an aquarium.  The species was described in 1978 by Hoese and Fourmanoir.  The standard Australian name for the species is Spikefin Goby not Flaming Prawn Goby as written on the video frame.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 23 Jun 2011

Huge Oarfish in the shallows

This embedded video shows rare footage of a large Oarfish in shallow coastal water in California.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 22 Jun 2011

Dusky Whaler juveniles in Sydney 2011

Juvenile Dusky Whalers have once again been sighted in the Shelly Beach/Fairy Bower area of Sydney. Following on from sightings in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Gaetan Guilhon emailed to say that he had filmed juveniles in the same area on 28 May 2011.  View his embedded video below.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 20 Jun 2011

This week in Fish: Moorish Idols and sponge eaters

This week we feature two more movies of Kermadec Islands fishes and we ask the question "Which fishes eat sponges?".

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jun 2011

Which fishes eat sponges?

A colleague just asked me this question. I had to confess that I wasn't sure of the answer.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jun 2011

This week in Fish: Back to reality

Returning to work after three weeks on fieldwork is not always easy.  Despite the excellent efforts of Amanda and Sally, there were many emails to answer and plenty of jobs that had to be done.  I have added a number of images and two movies in a feeble attempt to relive the Kermadec experience.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Jun 2011