Category: marineexplorer

Brittle star - real life omnidroid #marineexplorer #undrewatersydney

Brittle star – real life omnidroid #marineexplorer #undrewatersydney by John Turnbull

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See The Incredibles… Camp Cove

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

Peeking through the net - H whitei #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Peeking through the net – H whitei #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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It seems like all the seahorses have moved from the pylons to the nets at Clifton Gardens at the moment – I counted a dozen or so peering through – making for great pics!

Sepia plangon cuttlefish #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Sepia plangon cuttlefish #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Doing the wavy arm-y thing at Clifton Gardens

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

Odd mix - Sponge and algae - same shape, different ancestry #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Odd mix – Sponge and algae – same shape, different ancestry #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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An odd relationship, with the algae (codium?) growing on the sponge, both with similar morphology. Plants split from animals in the evolutionary tree around 1.5 Billion years ago. Convergent evolution? Bare Island

Small archway at Bare Island #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Small archway at Bare Island #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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How many locals know about this small archway at Bare Island? Not quite big enough to fit through, but interesting nonetheless.

Mauve-eyed hermit crab Dardanus crassimanus #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Mauve-eyed hermit crab Dardanus crassimanus #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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This little hermit crab was busily scurrying along the rock ledge at Bare Island

Centrostephanus rodgersii urchin in its hole #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Centrostephanus rodgersii urchin in its hole #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Many urchin species scrape a home scar or depression in the rock, where they shelter during the day. This urchin has made a nice home for itself, some anemones and a colourful blue sponge. Bare Island