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

Nebrius ferrugineus, 'Tawny Nurse Shark'. (Talboy Bay, Australia).

Family Rhincodontidae

This family only contains one living species...

Rhincodon typus, 'Whale Shark', (Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia). The biggest fish on the planet.

Class Osteichthyes: Bony Fish

Order Beloniformes

Family Exocoetidae: 'Flying Fish'

Cheilopogon sp.'Yellowband Flying Fish'

Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.