This fish had been thrown up by the waves. As I was looking it up in the fish book, the kids told me it was a Cowfish. They know, apparently, because they've all been to the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre. See, an education is useful! I was thinking some sort of Toadfish, but the kids were right, and they're related in the order Tetraodontiformidae. Like toadfish, these are also poisonous. My book suggests it's a female Shaw's Cowfish, Aracana aurita.
Hope Beach cops a pounding from the swells that come into Storm Bay. The sand on the beach is always quite soft and hard to walk on. The beach also slopes quite steeply along much of its length. This photo taken last year shows this. At times, and in places, the waves wash right up to the dunes on a steep slope, or create a large berm hard by the dunes, against which they wash at high tide. Not a good beach for a casual swim, and you need to be careful in places. The whole of the South Arm Neck is apparently the result of a the original 200-metre deep Derwent River gorge being gradually filled in with clay, sand and gravel. (Ref. David Leaman 1999, Walk Into History In Southern Tasmania)
Calverts Beach is on the eastern side of Goats Bluff, and provided some spectacular viewing in the large surf yesterday. Behind this beach is Calverts Lagoon, considered to be an important wetland area. The lagoon does appear to be quite dry when viewed from the road at present. Information about it can be found by searching at this site.