Category: underwater

Posidonia australis – threatened populations …

Posidonia australis - threatened populations #marineexplorer

Posidonia australis – threatened populations #marineexplorer
Strapweed is a thick-leaved seagrass endemic to southern Australia. Populations in Sydney and Lake Macquarie have suffered large declines, and are listed as threatened. www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/species-protection/what-curren…

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

Zoanthid – toxic cocktail franks #marineexplo…

Zoanthid - toxic cocktail franks #marineexplorer

Zoanthid – toxic cocktail franks #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Zoanthids are related to corals and anemones. The animals are closed up in this daytime shot, although there is a hint of their stinging tentacles visible in some of them. Zoanthids contain highly toxic palytoxin, so contact with them should be avoided. Kurnell.

Red sea fan – nice size colony at 20 m #marin…

Red sea fan - nice size colony at 20 m #marineexplorer

Red sea fan – nice size colony at 20 m #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Kurnell

Smack! Jelly eating jelly #marineexplorer by …

Smack! Jelly eating jelly #marineexplorer

Smack! Jelly eating jelly #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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On our way back from soft coral fieldwork we swam through a smack of mauve jellyfish… and found these two chowing down on what looks like a moon jelly. Bare Island. BTW “smack” is the collective noun for jellyfish – true – as is “fluther” according to wikipedia

Weedy seadragon in kelp Phyllopteryx taeniola…

Weedy seadragon in kelp Phyllopteryx taeniolatus #marineexplorer

Weedy seadragon in kelp Phyllopteryx taeniolatus #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Kurnell

Got an eye on you – Occy in a hole – Octopus …

Got an eye on you - Occy in a hole - Octopus tetricus #marineexplorer

Got an eye on you – Occy in a hole – Octopus tetricus #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Clifton Gardens

In a tangle – Hippocampus whitei #marineexplo…

In a tangle - Hippocampus whitei #marineexplorer

In a tangle – Hippocampus whitei #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Tangled fishing line provides an unnatural anchor for a White’s seahorse under the jetty at Clifton Gardens

The magic donkey likes my tube anemone #marin…

The magic donkey likes my tube anemone #marineexplorer

The magic donkey likes my tube anemone #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Flickr Explore is a daily showcase of what Flickr considers to be the most interesting pictures around the world. The decision is made by an algorithm jokingly called the “magic donkey”, based on activity such as views, comments etc. Today, the magic donkey chose my tube anemone pic. Clifton Gardens

Sharing a home – cuttlefish and pineapplefish…

Sharing a home - cuttlefish and pineapplefish #marineexplorer

Sharing a home – cuttlefish and pineapplefish #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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I wonder if two’s a crowd under this log at Clifton Gardens? The cuttlefish looks unimpressed.