What do you get when you mix a lion, a fish and some venom?

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Common Lionfish, Pterois volitans

What do you get when you mix a lion, a fish and some venom? The Common Lionfish (Pterois volitans), of course.

This spectacular tropical species is found widely throughout the Indo-Pacific. It’s definitely a look don’t touch sort of fish – the 16 spines on its dorsal, pelvic and anal fins are venomous.

I snapped this particular fish on display at the Kula Wild Adventure Park in Fiji, along with the rest of their live coral display.

50 shades of blue

This is Main Beach at Point Lookout, which stretches for 28km down the eastern side of North Stradbroke Island in Queensland, Australia. Parts of Aquaman were filmed here, and the day I took this photo, filming was underway in South Gorge, which is below the rocks on the right hand side of the photo.

Ocean and beach
Main Beach at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island

Neptune’s necklace

Hormosira banksii, a seaweed native to New Zealand and Australia, growing in a New South Wales south coast rockpool. This seaweed is also known as also known as Neptune’s necklace, Neptune’s pearls and – my favourite name for it – bubbleweed.

The sea snails are Black Nerite Nerita atramentosa, commonly known as black periwinkles.

Rockpool with seaweed and sea snails
Guerilla Bay Rockpool