Apr
14
2011
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With Tasmania taking a mighty soaking over the past few days … in Hobart the heaviest overnight deluge in 50 odd years, and the East Coast region once again thrown nature’s fury, we got to think about the creatures living under water.

The River Derwent estuary, where it fans out to become Hobart’s harbour has one particular bottom dwelling, totally unique amazing little fish – the handfish. These small, unusual, slow-moving fish prefer to ‘walk’ on their pectoral and pelvic fins rather than swim. These fins are leg-like, with extremities resembling a human hand.

Five of the eight currently identified species of handfish are endemic to Tasmania and Bass Strait. They are generally found on sandy sediments.

One favourite haunt is just 20 minutes from downtown at Tinderbox. In her 20 dives to photograph the handfish, Sue Wragge (who operates a local dive tour business) has become especially fond of these little creatures.

During breeding the mothers tend the eggs for the 6 weeks from spawning to hatching staying nearby and protecting them. With their intense blue eyes, they almost project a personality way beyond their humble size.

Handfish with egg cluster

Handfish with egg cluster Photo Credit Sue Wragge


Handfish with egg cluster

Handfish with egg cluster Photo Credit Sue Wragge


Handfish with egg cluster and new tiny baby

Handfish with egg cluster and new tiny baby Photo Credit Sue Wragge

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Comments

  • DTStaffwriter says:

    We might suggest that to the owner of the photographs

  • Cesar says:

    Hey… Can you donate the photos to wikipedia?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handfish

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