Odd Spot

Fishy Business in the South China Sea22nd December 2017

The South China Sea (SCS) is a 3.2 million square kilometre sea at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.  It is bordered by Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Given its location and proximity to so many countries, the SCS is a gateway for a significant amount of the world’s commercial merchant shipping and an estimated A$5 trillion i...

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Fin Fingers?12th September 2016

Contemporary understanding was that an ancient group of fishes called jawless fishes (which still exist today) evolved into five different groups of fishes these being; placoderms (now extinct), spiny sharks (also extinct), fin-ray fishes (modern fishes), cartilaginous fishes (sharks and rays) and lobe-fin fishes.  One group, the lobe-ray fishes evolved into tetrapods that became the land anim...

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Postie Bike Caught by Trawler25th August 2016

Jack Parkhill from the Miranda Bay couldn’t believe his eyes when they hauled their seine net and instead of flathead found a Postie Bike.  The bike was caught in 100m of water 50 miles east of Lakes Entrance. We think the bike is a Honda CT90 Trail 90 which was manufactured between 1966 and 1979 at that time selling for US$330.  The amount of marine growth indicates it may have been there...

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Eating fish . . .it’s not a guilty pleasure25th August 2016

Preliminary estimates in the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016 report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that people are eating more than twice as much fish as they did in the 1960s. The average world per capita apparent fish consumption was 9.9 kg in the 1960s and preliminary estimates indicate it will exceed 20 kg i...

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