David Muirhead has been writing a regular column titled “Pretty Fishes of Yankalilla Bay” for the monthly issues of Yankalilla Regional News since October 2021. He has now become known as the “Fish Whisperer”.
David’s column is very interesting and beautifully illustrated with many of his underwater photos. There is a often bit of a focus on fish cleaners and cleaning stations in the columns.
We have managed to keep 15 columns on file so far, with just the Nov 2021 column missing it seems. This suggests that David has written about 16 different fish species to date. We can only wonder whether he can keep coming up with photos and information about more fish species in the distant future.
Species covered to date are:
Rainbow Cale – Oct 2021
? (Nov 2021)
Orangelined Bullseye – Dec 2021/Jan 2022
Western Cleaner Clingfish – Jan/Feb 2022
Southern Blue Devil – Mar 2022
Horseshoe Leatherjacket – Apr 2022
Western Talma – May 2022
Common/Weedy Seadragon – June 2022
Senator Wrasse – July 2022
Moonlighter – Aug 2022
Southern Longfin Goby – Sept 2022
Scarlet Cardinalfish – Oct 2022
Harlequin Fish – Nov 2022
Old Wife – Dec 2022/Jan 2023
Scalyfin – Jan/Feb 2023
Magpie Perch – Mar 2023
Spinytail Leatherjacket – April 2023
Banded Seaperch – May 2023
Many thanks go to David for the work that he has done promoting our wonderful fish life through his column and photos. Keep up the good work, David.
(Header photo shows a Southern Blue Devil being attended to by a Western Cleaner Clingfish – Photographer unknown)