Category: Geography

This picture blew my mind a little when I first saw it a few years ago. I’ve never been very good at visualising weights but with the guy in the photo for reference the sheer size some tuna can reach was seriously brought home to me! If I remember correctly these fish were caught off ?New England with the larger of the two (I think its a Bluefin) weighing in at around 500lb.
Check out the groove down its side- the pectoral fins recess along it and lie completely flat to the body for ultimate streamlining.


Look at the size of those operculums! LOOK AT THEM! Those gills have to be massive to keep a fish that big adequately powered at high speed.

Source: unknown (I’m pretty sure I got these pics from some fishing forum. If anyone has the full story on them please let me know!)

Whale shark with a group of remora, Darwin’s Arch, Galapagos Islands.

Source: FabWeb

One of the more strange-looking animals we came across in Veatch Canyon, a bathysaurus. These fish use their lower jaw to scoop in the sand.

Source: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition

Photo submitted to the Lost Newcastle Facebook page by M. Mckean with the caption: “Marlin tied on to the front of cars and being taken to the ice works, prior to being sent to the Australian Museum. Shoal Bay. Date unknown.  From the archives of Athel D’Obrain, Newcastle University.  I love the guy strapping in his Marlin in the background.  Is there a better fishing photo than this ?”

Interesting comments from other locals:

K. Davey: “I imagine that this might be Athol’s car, since he isn’t in the shot. If it was someone else’s car, the fisherman would surely have been included in the shot.”
P. Hall: “I reckon early 50’s…”
T. Durrance: ” I think Athel landed the 1st black marlin off the bay in 1938 or 39 there is a plaque in Shoal Bay. Then marlin fishing stopped throughout the war yeas and did not really come back until the late 50’s.”
S. Shelley: ” Darks Ice Works on Wharf Road, another memory of Newcastle.  My dad delighted in calling it Dikes Arse Works ( he was wicked).”
T. Durrance: “My grandfather had a room in the ice works for putting in his marlin and other fish caught .Granddad fished the bay throughout the 1950’s & 60’s a foundation member of the Newcastle Port Stephens Game fishing club.”
A. Hodge: “The car is a1939 V8 Mercury”
T. Durrance: “It was how they studied nature back then that Black Marlin would be close to 2yrs old and about 70kg”… ” It wasn’t until the 1970’s that we started the world first tagging program of game fish. I think it is fair to say that most of these smaller marlin would have been eaten as they are pretty good on the plate”

Source: Lost Newcastle Facebook page

Nerodia sipedon, a Northern Watersnake

Source: Reddit

Osprey s living the new high lifeA company has gone to unusual lengths to protect a nest of osprey chicks which made a home on a moored barge in the Pilbara.

Marine and Civil staff built a special platform for the birds after discovering two chicks on the moveable support legs of the barge at Point Samson boat harbour.

The company carried out a carefully-planned, 45-minute operation with Pilbara Wildlife Carers to move the chicks to the platform.

The move appeared to be successful with the parent ospreys returning to the area 20 minutes later.


This extraordinary picture of a mahi-mahi (aka dolphinfish/dorado) was taken by Rob Paxevanos and the Fishing Australia team 50 miles out to sea. What unlikely series of events conspired to leave this poor fish stranded thusly is anyone’s guess!

Source: Facebook

The crew move to cut the fishing ropes from the humpback in Cockburn Sound.

Two deckhands hung from the side of a tugboat to save a dying humpback whale they found trapped in fishing rope in Cockburn Sound yesterday.

Henry Duckett and Nick Nielsen, who work for harbour services company Total AMS, were aboard the Sacramento on their way back from moving barges at the Australian Marine Complex when they took a call from Fremantle Ports telling them about the struggling whale between Carnac Island and Woodman Point.

When the crew found the 8m whale just before 2pm, it had rope wrapped tightly around its body and tail and was floating upside down and was unable to move.

Tugboat crew rescue trapped humpback

Henry Duckett calls for help.

The men were able to use a boat hook to pull the rope up and used a knife to cut the rope three times, freeing the whale and causing a fishing pot, which they believed was possibly an octopus pot, to fall away.

Mr Duckett said they thought the whale was dead, but it soon spouted water out of its blowhole and kicked, so they decided to help.

He said he and Mr Nielsen, of Subiaco and Scarborough, worked together to cut the rope off the animal as they hung up to a metre from the side of the tugboat.

The boat’s skipper, Frank Forrest, steadied the boat as the pair tried to free the whale.

“When we went up to it, it looked really tired and as though it was about to die . . . it was definitely really tangled up,” Mr Duckett said.

“But when the rope fell off, it swam away and it looked like it was going to be all right. It was really satisfying to get such a good result.”

Fremantle Ports harbourmaster Allan Gray said the initial report received by the port told them the whale was floating belly up and possibly dead.

“The crew of the Sacramento was in the area and went to investigate, finding the distressed creature drowning within its rope entanglement,” Capt. Gray said.

“The rescue was skilful and just in time to save the whale’s life.”

Source: The West Australian

Bloody well done to the crew of the Sacramento! So often these situations end poorly for the whale so high-fives all round to those chaps!


Source: Matador

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

Source: Matador

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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Source: Matador

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!

Source: Matador

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

Source: Matador


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

Source: Me!

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

“This moray eel was resting among some hard coral and was mesmerized by my dive lights, making it a very cooperative subject. The moray eel rhythmically opens and closes its mouth to move water through its gills and facilitate respiration, giving it the appearance of being aggressive and making for a dramatic portrait.” — Nature’s Best photographer, Steven Kovacs

Source: Ocean Views 2011 Competition (Smithsonian)


“This photo was taken the first evening of six that I spent at South Georgia Island. It captures a group of penguins on their way to the ocean to feed. As they approached, I knelt down, set the camera low to the ground, and waited for them to reach the spot I envisioned. King penguins are usually depicted as fairly placid, elegant creatures. This image presents a dynamic gang, seemingly with a leader, moving with a purpose. One can even see the articulation of their muscles. The cloudy mountains in the background enhance the sense of drama.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Steve Gould

This picture is just begging to be photoshopped  Michael Bay-style, with a ‘Cool guys don’t look at explosions’ caption!

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

The southern elephant seal is a truly restrained behemoth. Males can grow to be five times larger than females, up to 5,000 pounds. This elephant seal may look fierce, but he was simply yawning over and over in the wave-wash. This allowed me to try multiple ways of getting this impressive pose, including lying down in the water without disturbing him.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Justin Hofman

I love this picture- the seal looks like he’s giving the photographer a jolly ‘Oh, you!’ kind of look.

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

The Emerald Spirit

“This photograph I call ‘Emerald Spirit’ was taken on the most intimidating and most surf-heavy spot on the western coast of Ireland. Local surfer Fergal Smith was paddling and scoring a few deep tube rides inside the waves. Each time he started to paddle into the wave, I dove down underneath the water, held my breath, and waited for the moment when he would swish through a silver barrel close enough to my lens. Water visibility is always very limited in Ireland, and I was very lucky to get a shot like this.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, George Karbus

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

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