Have we got a Deal(fish) for you!

It's not every day you see one of these beauties. PT Hirschfield is one lucky diver!
Our New Zealand colleagues call this fish a Peregrin Dealfish. Why am I telling you this? Because the species isn't 'formally' recorded from Australian waters and as such has not been assigned a standard name.
The species, whose scientific name is Trachipterus trachypterus, has a widespread distribution occurring as far away as the Mediterranean Sea.
Apparently there have been a number of ocurrences in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Check out the terrific video of this fish.
According to Roberts and co-authors, "Juveniles are commonly beach-cast, especially in the Cook Strait region, during spring". So sadly, this fish may end up on a beach in Port Phillip Bay. Keep your eyes peeled!
Thank you to everyone involved.
Reference:
Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & C.D. Struthers, 2016. The Fishes of New Zealand, Te Papa Press, Wellington, 2008 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9941041-6-8.
Posted by markmcg markmcg, October 20, 2017 05:12

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