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At Possum Music, we aim to ignite the imaginations and awareness of the children we perform for.

Our shows entertain with ground-breaking original children's music and puppets made by the best professional puppet houses in the world.

While entertaining your child we introduce them to the iconic places, environments and wildlife that make up their world. We also raise their awareness of real world issues in a positive and age appropriate manner.

The best way for you to help your child get the most out of our shows is to discuss it with them. This page aims to help you have those discussions as though you were at the show yourself!


Something Very Fishy Going On

What The Show Is About

Something Very Fishy Going On is about the ocean and the animals that live there and the impact of rubbish and overfishing on the marine environment.

What Did Your Child See

The show is visually spectacular. Children's eyes light up when they walk in to a room they go to every day and see this:

Something Very Fishy Backdrop

The creatures on the backdrop include:

  • Squid - you can cut him into rings and deep fry him, eating him is sustainable
  • Tuna - eating him is debatable, he's best when caught with a pole and line, that way he's sustainable
  • Grey Nurse Shark - you shouldn't eat her at all, don't eat flake no matter what, shark is not sustainable
  • Champaigne Lobster - he's lost a claw and is on a drip and is being attended by the Surgeon Fish and Grey Nurse Shark
  • Surgeon Fish - taking care of the lobster
  • School Prawns - learning to recycle
  • Boue Spotted Stingray
  • Elephant Trunk Fish
  • Lolly Fish
  • Ribbon Fish
  • Trumpeter
  • Leather Jacket
  • Guitar Fish
  • Kingfish
  • Queen Fish
  • Diamond Fish
  • Ruby Fish

The Characters

Mr Pidder

You can call him Stu!

Sut tells the children a story about how he got rich as a fisherman.

Stu made a lot of money catching ALL the fish - big, fat and small. Stu doesn't care about sustainability. "The only thing that matters is ME!"

Stu doesn' want to tell the children the whole story &ellips; because he is too embarassed about what happenned.

Stu sings the song Stu Pidder (Rich) in the show.


Sunny the seal

Sunny enters the show with a plastic bag around his neck.

Sunny can only bark, so our performer interprets for the children. Sunny 'tells' the children that he got tangled up in the plastic bag because he thought it was a fish and tried to eat it.

Sunny asks the children to be really careful with rubbish and to make sure it goes in the bin - even if it isn't their rubbish.

Sunny then does some tricks for the children in return for a feed of fish. He claps his flippers, plays shy and balances a beach ballon his nose.


Octavia the octopus

Octavia enters the show by throwing rubbish out of the ocean onto the land. "That does not belong in my house!" The children learn that Octavia doesn't have any bones which means she can squeeze through cracks in rocks and crevasses.

Octavia sings The Real Treasure which tells the children about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and reminds them that the real treasure of the ocean is the animals.


Boss the shark

Boss is a great white shark. He arrives on set very hungry because Stu Pidder has taken almost all of the fish from the ocean - including sharks.

Boss is a really convincing puppet because he can swallow fish. Unfortunately he also belches - luckily he does have good manners.

Boss tells the children that sharks don't like eating people because they taste like sunscreen. Boss leaves the kids with a deal. You don't eat me and I won't eat you.

Boss sings the title track Something Very Fishy.


The Songs

The Something Very Fishy show features six of the ten songs on the Something Very Fishy album.

  • Aussie Kid
  • What's That Thing?
  • Stu Pidder (Rich)
  • Enter The Seal
  • The Real Treasure
  • Something Very Fishy
  • Coo-ee (from the Exploring Australia CD)

If you have already bought our CD thank you so much.

If not, then you can still listen to the music your child heard by going to iTunes.

iTunes lets you listen to 90 seconds of each song for free. After you've heard the songs we hope you'll become one of several thousand happy customers of our groundbreaking music for children.

Three of the songs: Aussie Kid, The Real Treasure and Don't Bite Me are also available for request on Community Radio through the Australian Government's Australian Music Radio Air Play (AMRAP) AirIt Unsigned initiative.

Contact your local Community Radio Station and ask to hear the song by Kathy Possum from the AMRAP AirIt List. You will not only be helping Possum Music, but by supporting the AMRAP AirIt program, you'll ensure continued Government support for Community Radio and Australia's Music Industry.


Key Messages

Sustainable Fishing

We love recreational fishing and eating fish.

Unfortunately many of the worlds fisheries, including those in Australian waters, are under threat from polution and over-fishing.

Sustainable fisheries are those where the target species are fast growing, early maturing and prolific reproducers.

Fisheries may still be sustainable where other species are targetted provided the method of fishing is sustainable. For example Pole & Line caught Tuna.

Sharks are slow to mature and have very few young. Commercial shark fishing for food or traditional medicine IS NOT sustainable. Please don't eat shark. Never.

While seafood is one of the healthiest forms of protein you can eat, the presence of heavy metals such as mercury in seafood means that it should be eaten no more than three times per week.

Minimising The Amount And Impact Of Plastic Polution

Plastic does not biodegrade. Some degrade into smaller and smaller pieces but it never goes away.All plastic that is not properly disposed of eventually ends up in our lakes and/or oceans. Millions of birds, fish, turtles and marine mammals die each year from eating plastic.

Plastic is one of the most convenient materials ever invented, however we really need to do without it as much as we can. Use cloth bags instead of plastic whenever you can. If you can't, then tie knots in them before you put them in the bin and never ever leave them lying around

Plastic rings (like those on our milk bottles) should be snipped with scissors before being put in the recycle bin. That way animals can't get stuck in them.

Choose products packaged in metal, glass and paper ahead of plastic.

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