The open waters of the tropical oceans seem fairly empty, but there are plenty of fish in the sea...

Class Chondrichthyes: Sharks & Rays

Order Orectolobiformes: Carpet Sharks, including 'Wobbegongs'

Family Ginglymostomatidae

(Talboy Bay, Australia)

Nebrius ferrugineus, 'Tawny Nurse Shark'.

Family Rhincodontidae

This family only contains one living species...

(Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia)

Rhincodon typus, 'Whale Shark'. The biggest fish on the planet.

Class Osteichthyes: Bony Fish

Damon Ramseythe author with the largest bony fish in the world (photo by Mark Steadman)

For the page on flying fish of the world's tropical oceans.

Back to the page on the tropical open oceans

Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".