Friday, November 10, 2006

Unidentified Marine Creature!

We decided to go fishing,
and try out our recently acquired boat.
My husband, son and I were fishing at
Ballina NSW, on the Richmond River.
It was around the change of tide,
I had my rod in the rod holder,
when suddenly the line took off,
the rod bent over and I nearly fell over
trying to get to it before the rod went in!.

I grabbed the rod, hooked it up and started
to reel her in!
About half an hour later,
after pulling the boat around a bit,
I finally got whatever it was up to
the surface and realised that it had
gotten caught up in our anchor rope,
My husband grabbed the camera
and started taking pictures of what I caught,
we haven't seen anything like it before!.
At first we thought it was some kind of Ray,
but it had no tail,
instead it had what looked like the front
of a Manter Ray?
and the head was different to a Ray.
Unfortunately we didn't get it in the boat
to have a really good look at it,
and had to cut the line because of the
Anchor rope.

Check out the pictures and see if you know what it is?

Here is an enlargement of the picture above.