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  1. Found this article by Camron Slessor about a sunfish that has been found washed ashore near the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia over the weekend, and one expert believes it is the Mola mola species. The gigantic fish is known for its sheer size and odd body shape, often distinguished by its flattened body and fins. A photo of the creature was posted on social media yesterday, with two fishermen standing over it on the sand. Linette Grzelak, who posted the image to Facebook, said the fish — which was already dead — was spotted by her partner while out fishing on Saturday. "A sunfish found by my partner along the Coorong a couple [of] nights ago … I thought it was fake," the post said. Sunfish can swim to the depths of the ocean. South Australian Museum fish collection manager Ralph Foster said this particular species was a rare find. "I've actually had a good look at it, we get three species here and this is actually the rarest one in South Australian waters," he said. "It's the oceanic sunfish, which in other parts of the world is common but here it's more unusual, it's the one known as Mola mola." He said this particular sunfish was on the smaller end of the scale in terms of size. He estimated it was about 1.8 metres long. Mr Foster said the sunfish got its name for its trait of basking in the sun, but they were also known to swim to the depths of the ocean. "In recent work people have been putting satellite tags and data loggerson them and found they will come to the surface and lay on their side on the surface, hence the name the sunfish," he said. "Once they are warm enough they will dive down several hundreds of metres and feed onjellyfish and things right at the depth and stay down there for quite a long time. "We know very little about them, it's only in the last few years that technology has allowed us to start learning about them." Sunfish are known to 'sink yachts'. Mr Foster said the sunfish was not commonly fished for and had been known to have damaged yachts. "They are not generally fished for except in parts of Asia," he said. "I think one female can lay something like three million eggs, so they are not particularly endangered." He said various marks on its tail and the shape of its head made him confident the latest find in South Australia was a Mola mola sunfish, but there was a lot more to be discovered about them. "We get to actually look at them so infrequently, so we never know quite which one we've got," he said. "Which is why these photographs online are so useful, because we get to actually look at it and decide which one it is. The find comes as a rare hoodwinker sunfish was recently found washed ashore in California earlier this year. The 2.1-metre fish was spotted at the Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve and initially left scientists baffled when they could not identify it. Marine scientist Marianne Nyegaard, from Murdoch University, identified the new species after analysing more than 150 samples of sunfish DNA.
  2. thats very cool. i had never really thought about it like that image shows
  3. We get a few different species of squid in southern Queensland, but the main 2 types encountered will be arrows and tigers. The arrows are long and fairly thin, whilst the tigers are more solid and generally have a strikingly mottled body. One thing that all squid seem to favour is clean, clear water. If this flows over structure such as weed beds, reef, rubble grounds, or even areas with a discoloured bottom that provide squid with the ability to blend in and hide from their prey, then the likelihood of securing a few is heightened. Good areas to search include the shallows around the bay islands (Peel, Green, Goat, Bird, Mud, King), the weed beds on the western side of Moreton and Stradbroke, areas of discoloured bottom along the edges of the Rous and Rainbow channels, and along any rock walls. Canal developments also provide good habitat for squid, due to the rock walls and the numerous jetties and pontoons affording them suitable ambush and egg laying spots. Most squid only live for around a year and many can breed 3-5 times in this period. Therefore, it is better to take larger squid, which have already bred several times and are probably close to the end of their life, than the smaller specimens. Interestingly, squid have 4 brains, with 2 controlling each side of the body. I guess you would need more than 1 brain with so many arms and tentacles to operate. For land-based squidders, there are a lot of places to try. During the lower stages of the tide, you can walk out to King Island to try your luck in the shallows. However, the higher tidal stages are generally preferred, especially for land-based activity. The foreshores of Manly, Scarborough, Wellington Point and Victoria Point are good places to begin the search. Many areas of the canal developments can also be explored on Shank’s pony. Anywhere that you can access nice clear water is worth a try, although most squid activity will be concentrated around the reef, rubble, rock or weed bed areas, especially during the day when they are more conspicuous to predators in open water. During the latter half of winter, westerly winds will increase in prevalence. These offshore breezes create crystal clear conditions close to shore, which is extremely favourable for squid fishing in these zones. Often, the water is so clear that you can spot the squid from an elevated position. Don’t cast directly at it, as you might spook it. Cast ahead or short and then begin retrieving, after allowing the jig to sink a little. At night, squid can often be found closer to shore, especially around lighted areas that attract baitfish, prawns and other food sources. Due to their over-sized eyes, squid see exceptionally well at night and can be caught in the aforementioned ways. Additionally, however, they can first be spotlighted using a high-powered headlamp such as my 600 lumen Ferei. Even a 220 lumen head lamp will suffice and there are plenty on the market that are good. Once a squid is spotted, the next step is to cast the jig close to it. I generally switch the headlamp off or to a lower setting to avoid spooking the target. Sometimes a sighted squid may require several egi changes to get it to respond, but on others they will pounce immediately. Squid can often be sighted without the use of a headlamp around
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    nice photos, like the one where the fish is mirrored. pretty cool man
  7. thats a cool shot when its out of the water
  8. tom

    wayne bennet

    whats everyone's thoughts on wayne bennet coming back to the broncos? u reckon he will get them to finals again?
  9. From: Legislation to axe the carbon tax will be introduced in the first parliamentary sitting, expected in mid-November. TONY Abbott will have the numbers to scrap the carbon and mining taxes from July next year after the Palmer United Party and three crossbench senators confirmed they would back his mandate, eliminating the threat of a double-dissolution election. As the Prime Minister won support to repeal Labor's carbon pricing regime, he said the Greens' loss of the balance of power in the upper house was a "great political achievement for the Coalition". The Coalition will have 33 votes in the 76-seat chamber when the make-up of the new Senate begins on July 1. It means Mr Abbott, who has a substantial majority in the House of the Representatives, will need the support of six of the eight crossbench senators to pass his agenda. The PUP, which has three senators subject to the outcome of an appeal by the Greens in Western Australia, along with the Liberal Democratic Party, Democratic Labour Party and Family First senators confirmed to The Weekend Australian that they would vote to abolish the carbon and mining taxes. The LDP's incoming senator David Leyonhjelm said: "I guarantee I'll vote in favour of repealing both of those. I'll vote for any reduction in taxes." Family First's senator-elect Bob Day said: "If the Labor Party has got any sense, it will recognise just what's happened in the last three years on both the mining tax and the carbon tax and vote for the repeal of both. If they don't and Abbott has to wait until July 1, I certainly will be voting for their repeal." The PUP's West Australian senator-elect, Zhenya Wang, reaffirmed the formal position of Clive Palmer's party to scrap the taxes, saying "the carbon tax is punishing ordinary Australian people". DLP senator John Madigan said: "Basically, I'm not in favour of the carbon tax." With the Coalition able to pass its two key election commitments next year, Mr Abbott avoids the prospect of forcing Australians back to the polls for a double-dissolution election. However, the Coalition is expected to bring on an early vote to repeal the carbon tax, thereby forcing Labor to take a formal position in parliament. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said: "Our focus is on Labor and whether it will listen to the Australian people or ignore the strong message sent by the electorate at the election. No matter who leads Labor, every day they support the carbon tax is another day they support higher electricity prices."
  10. thanks for sharing all these cool photos! always great to see some other species
  11. tom

    king george whiting

    so does king george whiting act/be attracted the same way as summer whiting in queensland?
  12. thats my sort of fishing. well done