Category: Australia

Bottle in the mangroves #marineexplorer by Jo…

Bottle in the mangroves #marineexplorer

Bottle in the mangroves #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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It may be green, but it’s not Green! Sydney Olympic Park

The magic donkey likes my tube anemone #marin…

The magic donkey likes my tube anemone #marineexplorer

The magic donkey likes my tube anemone #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Flickr Explore is a daily showcase of what Flickr considers to be the most interesting pictures around the world. The decision is made by an algorithm jokingly called the “magic donkey”, based on activity such as views, comments etc. Today, the magic donkey chose my tube anemone pic. Clifton Gardens

Sharing a home – cuttlefish and pineapplefish…

Sharing a home - cuttlefish and pineapplefish #marineexplorer

Sharing a home – cuttlefish and pineapplefish #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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I wonder if two’s a crowd under this log at Clifton Gardens? The cuttlefish looks unimpressed.

Kelp broken off by fishing line #marineexplor…

Kelp broken off by fishing line #marineexplorer

Kelp broken off by fishing line #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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In the shallow subtidal environment, fishing line is the single largest source of marine debris (Smith 2014 Plos One). Fishing line is of course plastic, so stays in the environment for hundreds of years. Whilst there, it can entangle and damage marine life, like this kelp. Zoom in to see the entanglement in the holdfast. Clifton Gardens

Marine reserves need to be sanctuary in order…

Marine reserves need to be sanctuary in order to work #marineexplorer

Marine reserves need to be sanctuary in order to work #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Marine reserves have a range of zoning rules, from sanctuary (no-take) to reserves that allow some fishing (partial protection). Do all of these work? Numerous studies, from regional to global, conclude that marine reserves have to be sanctuary zone to be effective. In most cases, partial protection is no better than no protection at all. Read this study for example rdcu.be/IuoS

Gymnothorax prasinus moray – watching from th…

Gymnothorax prasinus moray - watching from the cave #marineexplorer

Gymnothorax prasinus moray – watching from the cave #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Shiprock, Sydney

Beach games #marineexplorer by John Turnbull …

Beach games #marineexplorer

Beach games #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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It’s easy to forget that the highest users of our beautiful coastal environment are walkers, swimmers and beachgoers – like these energetic people at Manly Beach

Grevillea #marineexplorer by John Turnbull …

Grevillea #marineexplorer

Grevillea #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Perth, WA

Fish hook bay #marineexplorer by John Turnbul…

Fish hook bay #marineexplorer

Fish hook bay #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Rottnest island

Haematopus longirostris Pied oystercatcher #m…

Haematopus longirostris Pied oystercatcher #marineexplorer

Haematopus longirostris Pied oystercatcher #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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The Australian pied oystercatcher is found around Australia’s coastline. It feeds on bivalves which it finds in the sand and mud. Numbers are thought to have declined, perhaps as low as 10,000 birds. Rottnest Is, Western Australia. www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Haematopus-longirostris