Category: Australia

Seagull reflection – I wonder what a seagull …

Seagull reflection - I wonder what a seagull thinks about? #marineexplorer

Seagull reflection – I wonder what a seagull thinks about? #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Hot chips?

The water’s clear and cool #marineexplo…

The water's clear and cool #marineexplorer

The water’s clear and cool #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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I spent 1 hr 45 mins in the clear winter waters of Clifton Gardens, Sydney Harbour… temp was an invigorating 15C. Two piece 7 mm wettie with hood worked a treat. It kept me warm, although extremities had stopped sending signals back some time during the dive. It was a while before I could make coffee back at the car.

Two cuttles and a barnacle – Sepia plangon #m…

Two cuttles and a barnacle - Sepia plangon #marineexplorer

Two cuttles and a barnacle – Sepia plangon #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Clifton Gardens, Sydney Harbour

Every day’s a bad hair day. Striate ang…

Every day's a bad hair day. Striate anglerfish - Antennarius striatus #marineexplorer

Every day’s a bad hair day. Striate anglerfish – Antennarius striatus #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Clifton Gardens, Sydney Harbour

Sand wave pattern #marineexplorer by John Tur…

Sand wave pattern #marineexplorer

Sand wave pattern #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Congwong beach. Hard to get a sense of scale in this shot… is that a man or a mollusc?

Back to nature – Rusty anchor #marineexplorer…

Back to nature - Rusty anchor #marineexplorer

Back to nature – Rusty anchor #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Unlike plastics which persist in the environment for hundreds of years, many other materials are re-claimed by nature in a relatively short time. This anchor, presumably galvanised when new, is being broken down and colonised by algae and invertebrates. Bare Island

Crawling with haste – sea snail with hitchhik…

Crawling with haste - sea snail with hitchhiker #marineexplorer

Crawling with haste – sea snail with hitchhiker #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Congwong beach

Squid eggs in Ecklonia #marineexplorer by Joh…

Squid eggs in Ecklonia #marineexplorer

Squid eggs in Ecklonia #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Many species rely on kelp for food and shelter. Even though squid live in open water, they need structure such as kelp to lay their eggs on. Kurnell

Hey Al, d’ya reckon we could eat that?? #mari…

Hey Al, d'ya reckon we could eat that?? #marineexplorer

Hey Al, d’ya reckon we could eat that?? #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Port Stephens

Tip-toeing through the plastic – Australian w…

Tip-toeing through the plastic - Australian wood duck Chenonetta jabuta #marineexplorer

Tip-toeing through the plastic – Australian wood duck Chenonetta jabuta #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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It’s not just the underwater marine life that dislikes plastics! Lane Cove River Park