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Huge southern ribbonfish found in Lake Wooloweyah

This strange creature was found at Lake Wooleweyah at the weekend.
This strange creature was found at Lake Wooleweyah at the weekend.

THE LAKE Wooloweyah Monster, Baby Nessie, Frankenfish - no matter how you'd describe it, there's no doubt a bizarre creature found near the banks of Lake Wooloweyah on the weekend was an unusual sight

Local man Stuart Boxsell came across the fish - about two metres long - in the shallows on Sunday. Unfortunately the fish was in a bad way and died shortly after it was found.

It has since been identified as a southern ribbonfish (trachipterus jacksonensis) - a rarely-seen, deep-sea-dwelling creature.

While the question of what it is has been solved, what it was doing out of its natural habitat in the shallows of Lake Wooloweyah remains a complete mystery.

Anyone who can shed some light on this puzzle can email us on coastalviews@dailyexaminer .com.au.

Pick up a copy of Coastal Views this Friday for the full story and interview with Mr Boxsell.

Topics:  fish, lake wooloweyah


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