Monday, 12 October 2015

Not botanical at all.

We spent a rather relaxed morning this weekend wandering about the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

While it's a great place to see plants (what a revelation!) it also has some other 'wilder' wildlife.  And the ones we had come to see were the Short-finned Eels that live in one of the ponds.  The gardens were built on wetlands associated with the Yarra - that's Melbourne's river - and the eels never moved out as the exotic plants moved in.

These eels can grow to more than a meter in length - although I don't think this one was a little bit shorter than that.  They may not be everybody's idea looking fish - but they are more than a little different!




You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

20 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

very cool

I wonder why N America has no eels. Not fair. They're cool looking.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...makes a change from carp!!! YAM xx

Fun60 said...

They look much more attractive than the ones found in the River Thames although to be fair I have only seem them wriggling whilst caught in the beaks of herons.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, neat captures of the eel. I am sure they are slippery creatures. Have a happy new week!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Interesting looking fellow. Some people eat them I guess. I wouldn't.

ladyfi said...

That's a big eel. We get eels in our lake too.

Rhodesia said...

Interesting photos and certainly a bit different. Have a good week Diane

Sylvia K said...

Great photos they are and a new fellow for me!! I've never seen eels here in the US except at a zoo/aquarium!! Hope your week is off to a great start, Stewart!! Enjoy!!

Missy George said...

Ewwwww..Wouldn't want that guy wrapped around my ankles...Good shots though!!

Bas said...

heel mooi,wat is hij groot.

Linda W. said...

Great shots of the eels!

TexWisGirl said...

so very cool!

Brian King said...

Very cool! Kinda looks like a snake with fins.

Lea said...

I think we do have eels in North America - along the east coast of the United States - but I've never seen one myself.
Great photos!

Margaret Adamson said...

Not easy shots to get of them in the water so you did well.

Marie C said...

Fascinating! I've never seen an eel!

amanda | wildly simple said...

They are fascinating, I'll give them that!
I don't believe I've ever seen an eel in person, but have seen sea lamprey out of Lake Superior that were somewhat similar. I like the eel much better. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I bet your kids loved them! So prehistoric looking.

Marilyn Kircus said...

Very interesting and especially since they got to remain.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Interesting critter! They've become very rare around here.