Category: SCUBA

Nature's art - curves off Cabbage Tree Bay, Manly #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Nature’s art – curves off Cabbage Tree Bay, Manly #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Half an hour later it would have been a selfie… Shelly Beach Manly

Mr Popular - Weedy seadragon Phyllopteryx taeniolatus #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Mr Popular – Weedy seadragon Phyllopteryx taeniolatus #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Three weedies today at Shelly Beach Manly including a male with eggs. This pic is weedy #1

Calamari before the plate #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Calamari before the plate #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Squid look very different before they’re cut into rings, crumbed and fried.

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

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

Nocturnal - Eastern gobbleguts Vincentia novaehollandiae #marineexplorer

Nocturnal – Eastern gobbleguts Vincentia novaehollandiae #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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The eastern gobbleguts come out at night at Clifton Gardens. During the day they hide under timber and other shelter.