A friend just called me to say that she had heard that a Whale Shark was swimming in Botany Bay. "No way" was my initial reaction. Apparently members of the Abyss Scuba Diving encountered the fish this morning and have posted images on their Facebook account.
It has been a 'sharky week' with the addition of images showing a shark bite on a horse (really!), a Prickly Dogfish, and wounds inflicted on larger fishes by Cookiecutter Sharks. Rebecca Johnson from our Genetics Unit deserves another cheer for her TV appearance on Catalyst. Thank you as always to all contributors and to the increasing number of people who are adding comments.
The Australian Museum's Dr Rebecca Johnson appeared in the Catalyst Fin Forensics story on 7 April 2011. The show focused on the the practice of shark finning and highlighted how the museum's Genetics Unit were instrumental in a successful legal prosecution. The Australian Museum's 'fishos' were also delighted to see some excellent footage of the Fish collection that appeared in the story.
This week I was delighted to add two beautiful images of the undescribed 'Bare Island' anglerfish. Also added were a 'new species' for the site, the Little Bellowsfish plus some great images of a Common Galaxias and a Scribbled Unicornfish from remote Middleton Reef. From closer to home, the Horned Blenny makes an ever-so-cute appearance. As always, thank you to all contributors!
I don't mind saying that I'm pretty excited to be able to announce that the new Find a Fish page is online. Working on this page (and those that sit beneath it) has consumed more of my evenings than I would like to admit. In addition, as always, some great images were added. Thanks troops!
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.