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.
This week we feature footage of a 'very lazy' snailfish filmed more than 1 km below the surface. Sadly, we show yet another incidence of how innocuous-appearing litter can have disastrous effects on fishes. As always, thank you to all the people who have contributed images.
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.