Odd Spot

Lost buoy finds its way home17th June 2016

SETFIA member Wayne Cheers  was recently out seining for flathead 50 kilometers east of Lakes Entrance (Victoria) and was stumped when his gear tangled with a strange plastic yellow device floating freely on the surface . Wayne retrieved the barnacle encrusted plastic cone and set out to find why a black cylinder attached to it was beeping with a flashing red light. After some investigation,...

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Electric Torpedo Ray – Fish of the Day15th April 2016

Today's fish is known to pack a shocking surprise - the Short-tail Torpedo Ray (Torpedo macneilli). The Short-tail Torpedo Ray has rows of modified muscle cells, known as electocytes, throughout its disc. These cells act like miniature batteries and are capable of releasing a series of shocks equivalent in voltage to four car batteries. There are reports of fisherman being thrown s...

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Porcupine Pufferfish – Fish of the Day15th April 2016

Today's fish is a prickly customer - the Porcupine Pufferfish. The slow swimming porcupine fish  has the ability to inflate its body by swallowing water - making its body rounder. This increase in size reduces the range of potential predators that can swallow it to only those with much bigger mouths. A second defense mechanism is also provided by the sharp spines, which radiate outwards when...

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Fish of the Day – Lightfish16th March 2016

Our Fish of the Day was spat out of the mouth of a gemfish caught by one of our members from 400 metre deep water off the coast of Victoria. Lightfish (of the family Phosicthyidae) are small, common, mid-water fishes of the deep sea. They are highly bioluminescent, meaning they glow-in-the-dark and have a row of lights (called photopores by scientists) along their belly. These lights have a fa...

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