Category: SCUBA

Translucent – Sepia plangon cuttle #marineexp…

Translucent - Sepia plangon cuttle #marineexplorer

Translucent – Sepia plangon cuttle #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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I love the translucent arms on this animal at Shiprock – and if you zoom in you can see the tiny chromatophores that allow it to change colour

Hanging colonial ascidian invasive D. vex? #m…

Hanging colonial ascidian invasive D. vex? #marineexplorer

Hanging colonial ascidian invasive D. vex? #marineexplorer  
This yellow colonial ascidian is smothering large sections of the wall at Shiprock aquatic reserve – is it the invasive Didemnum vexillum?
www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/107996

Blue morwong Nemadactylus douglasii #marineex…

Blue morwong Nemadactylus douglasii #marineexplorer

Blue morwong Nemadactylus douglasii #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Shelly beach, Manly

Trombone! Orange tubeworm – Serpula sp #marin…

Trombone! Orange tubeworm - Serpula sp #marineexplorer

Trombone! Orange tubeworm – Serpula sp #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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The pink trombone of this common tubeworm is in fact the operculum (trapdoor) which is pulled close when the animal withdraws into its tube. Bare Island

Gymnodoris alba nudibranch – tiny tot #marine…

Gymnodoris alba nudibranch - tiny tot #marineexplorer

Gymnodoris alba nudibranch – tiny tot #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Some nudis are so small you’re not even sure what they are. This one had the shape of a nudi but I couldn’t tell any of the features – but thanks to zoom I can now ID it! Bare Island

Colonial ascidian on solitary ascidian #marin…

Colonial ascidian on solitary ascidian #marineexplorer

Colonial ascidian on solitary ascidian #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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What do you do when there is no spare rock space left? You grow on top of your cousins! Kurnell

Weedy seadragon food – Mysid shrimp in abunda…

Weedy seadragon food - Mysid shrimp in abundance #marineexplorer

Weedy seadragon food – Mysid shrimp in abundance #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Have you ever wondered what weedy seadragons eat? It has to fit through that narrow tube mouth… and the answer is in this pic. Kurnell

Whaaaat? Crimson banded wrasse Notolabrus gym…

Whaaaat? Crimson banded wrasse Notolabrus gymnogenis #marineexplorer

Whaaaat? Crimson banded wrasse Notolabrus gymnogenis #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Great opportunity for a thought bubble in this pic – any suggestions? Kurnell

Weedy seadragon male w eggs Phyllopteryx taen…

Weedy seadragon male w eggs Phyllopteryx taeniolatus #marineexplorer

Weedy seadragon male w eggs Phyllopteryx taeniolatus #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Nine weedies on our double dive today at Kurnell, including three males with eggs

Southern sea fan polyps Sphaerokodisis austra…

Southern sea fan polyps Sphaerokodisis australis #marineexplorer

Southern sea fan polyps Sphaerokodisis australis #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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The white, polyp-free tips are a characteristic of this native Australian deep water soft coral. Polyps can be yellow or pink. Bare Island