Wednesday, March 18, 2009

South Cottesloe Beach - Black-spotted catshark

15 Mar 09

"And I must add that it looked SO GOOD
with the way it swung its tail when it swam."

The highlight of today's snorkel was my bumping into a black-spotted catshark (Aulohalaelurus labiosus). Distribution-wise, the fish is confined to only Western Australia and nowhere else in the world.

This can be considered a rare encounter considering the nocturnal habits of the fish. This one is about 60-70 cm in length. And I must add that it looked SO GOOD with the way it swung its tail when it swam.

I watched it for almost ten minutes. It was pretty active. I saw it checking out holes in the reef and also spots underneath some kelps, probably searching for food.


Denis Wilson said...

Hi Chai
Indeed a lovely looking creature. Well named, too. It is very flexible, and soft-looking.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

The way it swings its tail when swimming is nice to look at. It's like the first half of the body isn't moving but only the tail is swaying, steadily propelling the fish forward.


Truc said...

Shark, SHARK!!! ;P

Nice one Chai! So this is what I miss out on for not braving the weather...

Catch you this weekend,

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hey Truc,

Worry not. With some luck, we might see another one this weekend : )


Anonymous said...

hi, i was just wondering, which part of cottesloe do you snorkel?

when u say south and north cottesloe, do u mean directly south and north of cottesloe respectively?

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hi there,

Yes, indeed. But I can't guarantee the catshark will wait around : )