This week sees the addition of some great new movies. The Halfband Snake Eel descending backwards into the sand is pretty amazing. The Lepidion swimming at over a kilometre below the surface is worth a look and the male Pacific Leaping Blenny 'frantically' trying to attract females certainly brought a smile to my face. There are also some great new images. What is possibly the first photo of a live Kidako Moray and the oh-so-cute baby boxfish are just two of a great bunch. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Dr Nichola Raihani is a scientist at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and she is last year's John and Laurine Proud Fellow. She has recently completed her third annual field season at Lizard Island. During her six-week visit, she and several others formed an impromptu band and live music accompanied many a sunset, with ukeleles, guitars, harmonicas and a marimba. Here Nikki shares her experience. (Note that Nikki is excessively modest about her achievements. She already has a paper in Science from last year's field work!)
This week we celebrate the life of the late Robert (Bob) McDowall, a giant in the New Zealand fish world. We follow a juvenile chimaera swimming more than 1200 m below the surface. There are plenty of new images, including shots of a moray eel that lives in freshwater and the amusingly-named 'Velvet Leatherjacket'. Thanks as always to everyone who contributed.
It has been a busy week. Two visiting researchers arrived on Monday. They are examining morid cods in the ichthyology collection for the next fortnight. We added another image of juvenile Roundface Batfish in Sydney, and bathed in a wealth of new fish images. Thank you to all who contributed.
It's a special week. A new fish family has been discovered. You can view a movie of this primitive eel that lives in a dark cave at the base of a coral reef in Palau. Of course, there are plenty of other great images to check out. Thank you very much, as always, to everyone who contributed.
Dr Dave Johnson from the US National Museum in Washington just emailed me about an incredible eel that he and colleagues recently described. The fish, Protanguilla palau, is now classified in a new family, the Protanguillidae. It is one of the oldest eels (in evolutionary terms) known.