Fish in Dusky Sound
I may be permitted to mention the wealth which lies in this sound undisturbed.
It could be made by enterprising people a paying industry, as there are so many feeding grounds and plenty of fish. If any one were to go with a boat before high water to these places they could fill their boat very soon.
The fish good for eating are hapuka, Oligorus gigas; rock cods, Percis colias; tarakihi, Chilodactylus macropterus; moki, Latris ciliaris, etc., etc. There are also two species of dolphin very plentiful, which could be easily secured and used for oil and their skin for leather. In fine weather the smaller species are there in hundreds similar to the common Delphinus delphis. I have seen the sound alive with these fish playing.
The second and larger species similar to the Tursio, is not as plentiful. They go in small groups from two to a dozen steadily along, the dorsal fin the most time out of the water. They make a roaring noise like the bellowing of a bull, especially in the night.
When I paddled from one place to another these fish would follow alongside my canoe.