Rye Pier Melbourne VIC Australia.
Leather Jacket Rye Pier 30th Dec 2004 at Night.
This is a blue ringed octopus and is showing its bright blue rings to show its angry at being woken up at night :) The only octopus we saw all night at rye which is strange considering they call the nature trail along the pier the "octopus's garden".
Been a few Spider crabs at rye during feb 2005. The light attracted krill which gave some back scatter.
Pot Bellied Seahorse, also called big bellied. Its a male as it has a pouch and big pot. I had a captive bred pair of these for a year once at home in a tank. They are bred in tasmania at a seahorse farm.
Squid, only large one we saw and the reason why the pier was full of fisherman and rods.
A flat head and a stingray are hiding under the sand next to each other.
This is a Johnsons Weedfish (Heteroclinus johnstoni) which are rarely seen and are also know to eat crabs which is why it was hanging around rye pier after all the spider crabs had died which is an anual event. The weedfish has the tail of a ling and the head of a flathead with tassels/apendages hanging off the front of the mouth which sense water movement. The orange eyes with black centers are replicated down the weedfish's body, I think 7 sets of fake eyes on the body as can be seen in the picture below.