Category Archives: Fish

The lion kings

You’ll not hear these lions roar (Jane in Cape Town says lions don’t roar but merely cough, and she should know – Attenborough and Disney, you lied!), but they can certainly do you an injury if you mess with them. … Continue reading

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Hastings Point marine museum

I’m a bit of a museum nut. Having worked as a curator’s assistant in the South Australian Museum of Natural History (marine invertebrates section), I appreciate the tremendous dedication, enthusiasm and plain hard work that goes into such places. Large … Continue reading

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Sunfish

I was looking through some old photos and came across these two, from my days as a curatorial assistant at the South Australian Museum. There’d been a call from the public about a “funny fish” washed up. It’s a sunfish, … Continue reading

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A mysterious bone

Found in a rock pool on the rock platform at Flat Rock yesterday … Update from the Queensland Museum; many thanks to Jeff Johnson, manager of the Ichthyology section: The jaw is from an eastern blue groper, Achoerodus viridis. The … Continue reading

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They’re doing it – they’re doing it now!

I have a long-standing fascination with the deep ocean. Hence my interest in Her Deepness Sylvia Earl, and my books on what’s known so far: Van Dover’s “The Octopus’s Garden” and “The Ecology of Deep-sea Hydrothermal Vents”, Broad’s “The Universe … Continue reading

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Melbourne Aquarium (part 2)

Continued from part 1 … The nautilus  has been on the planet around 500 million years. It lives at depth in the Indo-Pacific ocean. I haven’t yet found its shell washed up on a beach, but I’m still looking.

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Catfish skull

Here’s a catfish skull I found on the beach at Flat Rock, Ballina – I’m not sure which species exactly as we have several, both marine and freshwater, in Australia. It’s 12.5 cm (5 inches) long and 4.5 cm (about … Continue reading

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