Category: Australia & Pacific Islands


Apart from a scattering of islands, most of the Great Barrier Reef comes to within just a few feet of the water’s surface.

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One afternoon, while on the top deck of the boat, I turned to see a complete rainbow in front of me.

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Growing up to 110kg and over 8.5 feet long, potato cod can be completely unafraid of divers and make for enormously bold photography subjects!

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A school of big-eye jack fish beneath a dive boat.

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Catfish from Darwin, ready for my knife. The dorsal and pectoral spines were slightly terrifying serrated edges, handle with care!

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A 4.4m blue marlin that washed ashore at Little Beach, east of Albany, overnight on Tuesday may be the largest ever recorded in Australia.

The female fish is expected to crack the fisherman’s legendary 1000-pound mark — or 454kg — according to Department of Fisheries officers who removed the fish on Wednesday morning.

Fisheries regional manager Kevin Donohue said blue marlin very rarely wash up in the Albany region as the area was the southern extremity of the fish’s distribution.

“It would be a big deal, it would be the first time a marlin that size has been recorded in WA,” he said.

“The previous largest was a 330kg blue marlin recorded in Exmouth by a game fisherman.”

Mr Donohue said Fisheries officers worked quickly on Wednesday to remove the blue marlin.

“With the decay, there is potential to attract sharks which would endanger any users entering the water,” he said.

As there is no car access to Little Beach, two officers pushed the fish into the water, while another two officers brought a boat around from Two Peoples Bay boat ramp to load the creature.

A woman fishing from the rocks on Tuesday night reported the distressed blue marlin swimming in the cove.

The WA Museum is interested in studying the fish.

The world record for a blue marlin is 624kg, in Hawaii, while the Australian record is 452.2kg, for a fish caught in Batemans Bay NSW.

Source: The West Australian

Behold the lovely colours of a fresh-caught Butterfly Gurnard, Lepidotrigla Vanessa. Lepidotrigla are an Australian representative of the Sea Robin family, whose members are all pretty ostentatious- although this little guy takes the cake!

What you can never see in pictures of this species is the amazing texture of their body. Their scales are like little cobblestones, raised and quite smooth as though the fish has had minute uniform pebbles pave’d down its flanks. Beneath the scales and skin one can feel the presence of light armour plating with much heavier plating in the head.

Said to grow to nearly 30cm, the individual pictured above is a more commonly encountered size. A dermersal species, they are often swept up in trawling operations. More than once I’ve received one in a box with other fish from the market!

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