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Sea Fish in Freshwater Rivers

Naturevolume 29pages452453 (1884) | Download Citation



DURING my journey up the Fitzroy River with the surveying party from King's Sound to the Leopold Ranges (between lat. 17° 4′ and 18° 20′ S.), I observed many specimens of sword- and saw-fish. They appeared at intervals the whole way up the river, but none observed were more than three feet or three feet six inches long. About 300 miles up on the Margaret River I procured the saw of a small one. It measures about nine inches long and two inches wide. A few days after this, a little higher up the river, some of our men found a shark five feet long, and recently killed, probably by natives. I could not visit the place, as we were then about to break up camp for our return, but the men showed us some of the teeth, which were unmistakably those of a shark. They were, besides, well acquainted with the appearance of that fish.

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  1. H.M. Geological Survey, Government Geologist, Perth, Western Australia



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