The Cookiecutter Shark: All Bite and No Bark

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The Cookiecutter shark (Isistius brasiliensis) is a small shark with large specimens barely exceeding 50 cm from tail tip to snout. They live in warmer open waters throughout the world’s oceans and feed on marine mammals such as Sea Lions and Dolphins, fish such as Tuna and Mackerel and have even been known to nibble on the sound absorbing tiles of submarines.

The Australian Bustard: when being delicious is not a recipe for success

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The first scientifically described Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) was shot in what is now Agnes Water in May 1770. Captain Cook recorded in his journal “it turned out an excellent bird, far the best…that we have eat since we left England” [sic]. A culinary, if not cultural echo of Aboriginal Australians who have valued the Bustard as food for millennia.