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.
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.
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?".
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.
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.
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.