Mark is no longer bobbing around the Kermadec Islands (half way between New Zealand and Tonga), he's arrived back on land. I'm sure he'll have some amazing stories to share with us all. Until then here are two great fish videos and a picture we were able to get our hands on thanks to the Auckland Museum.
It was another big week with heaps of new fishy content added to the site. Two of the highlights were the spotting of juvenile Roundface Batfish in Sydney Harbour and the addition of a stunning Halimeda Ghostpipefish image. Follow the links below to read more about these and other happenings. This will be the first and last Fish Bits post for May. I will be participating in the Kermadec Islands expedition (more below) until early June. Thank you as always to everyone who contributed during the week.
Sydney Harbour doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of tropical fishes. That's why we were recently surprised to hear about juvenile Roundface Batfish that have been seen near Clifton Gardens and in Parsley Bay, in the outer harbour.
It was a short but action-packed week. The highlights were adding an image of the Whale Shark sighted last week in Botany Bay and a movie of dolphins (I know they are not fish) off Manly. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
Swimming with dolphins has to be high on the wish list for many people. Gaetan Guilhon had the very good fortune to do just that at Manly Beach, Sydney, on a lovely April morning in 2011. The footage shows a pod of about 50 Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis. Please don't tell me that dolphins aren't fish - I know that! I was just so envious and excited I had to share this movie. Enjoy!
During the week we reported on a Whale Shark sighting in Botany Bay. Teagan Marzullo visited to examine the spines of rays in the collection and a small 'Querying the site' image gallery was added. Of course there were also plenty of new images added. Thank you to everyone who contributed.