Who am I?
How can you tell it’s me?
Like all leatherjackets, I have a rough skin and a spine on top of my head for protection and a small mouth with very sharp teeth. My body is greyish, with yellow-orange patches separated by blue lines.
Where is the best place to find me?
There’s no specific spots to find me in Port Phillip Bay, but it’s easier to spot me when I am young, as adults live at greater depths. As a young fish, I hang out under the bell of jellyfishes. When I am older, I move to piers and other man-made structures, and when I am adult, I prefer rocky reefs.
How can you help understand me better?
If you’re keen to jump in the water, join hundreds of citizen scientists who come together every year to record the number of a selection of fish species and report sightings of rarer species. This yearly event, the Great Victorian Fish Count has been held since 2002 and help collect vital information on our marine fishes.