Category: Coast

Serpulid worm #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Serpulid worm #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Camp Cove

Blue spotted Elysia #seaslugcensus #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Blue spotted Elysia #seaslugcensus #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Camp Cove. See the eye? This tiny nudi is a few mm long. You can also see the algal cells in its tissues

Trachinops taeniatus - Eastern hulafish #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Trachinops taeniatus – Eastern hulafish #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Even a tiny fish can make a scene at Fairy Bower

Looking-out-to-sea #marineexplorer

Looking-out-to-sea #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Clovelly, Sydney

Search and rescue underway #marineexplorer

Search and rescue underway #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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There was lots of SAR activity one day this week at Cape Banks in response to an emergency beacon

Flannel flowers Actinotus helianthi #marineexplorer

Flannel flowers Actinotus helianthi #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Flannel flowers, named for their soft petals, are endemic to south eastern coastal Australia. This pic was taken on the headland at Cape Banks, Botany Bay, where they are blooming ATM. Note all terrestrial IDs of mine are provisional! 🙂

White underside of humpback whale tail #marineexplorer

White underside of humpback whale tail #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Seal Rocks

Paperbark #marineexplorer

Paperbark #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Smiths Lake

Trygonorrhina fasciata - Fiddler ray hunts in the murky water #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Trygonorrhina fasciata – Fiddler ray hunts in the murky water #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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The visibility was down to a couple of metres today thanks to a big swell overnight. Every now and then a big animal – bluey, wobbegong, or in this case fiddler ray – would emerge from the gloom. This fiddler was on the move, sniffing out invertebrates in the sand at Fairy Bower

Saltmarsh and paperbark #marineexplorer

Saltmarsh and paperbark #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Saltmarsh is on of the most heavily impacted marine communities, with some areas of NSW losing over 90% due to land reclamation, weeds, livestock and runoff. Just 72 km2 of saltmarsh remain in NSW estuaries. Smiths Lake