Category: underwater

Charging about – Coris picta male #marineexpl…

Charging about - Coris picta male #marineexplorer

Charging about – Coris picta male #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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There were plenty of C. picta at Halifax – and a few males madly rushing about trying to impress the ladies

Always the baby – Orectolobus ornatus wobbego…

Always the baby - Orectolobus ornatus wobbegong #marineexplorer

Always the baby – Orectolobus ornatus wobbegong #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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The ornate wobbegong is an Australian endemic, previously though to just be the juvenile form of the larger banded wobbegong O. halei. It has since been declared its own species, growing to a maximum of 1.1 m (whereas O. halei grows to over 2 m). There are plenty of them hiding in the alga at Halifax, Port Stephens.

Ho Ho Achoerodus viridis #marineexplorer by J…

Ho Ho Achoerodus viridis #marineexplorer

Ho Ho Achoerodus viridis #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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If only blue groper could speak… Halifax, Port Stephens

Pentapodus paradiseus Paradise Threadfin Brea…

Pentapodus paradiseus Paradise Threadfin Bream #marineexplorer

Pentapodus paradiseus Paradise Threadfin Bream #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Unrelated to the local bream, with beautiful colours. Fly Point, Port Stephens

Antennarius striatus Striped anglerfish by Jo…

Antennarius striatus Striped anglerfish

Antennarius striatus Striped anglerfish by John Turnbull

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Clifton Gardens / Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour

Aplysia dactylomela Reticulate sea hare #mari…

Aplysia dactylomela Reticulate sea hare #marineexplorer

Aplysia dactylomela Reticulate sea hare #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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There were a couple of these living among the kelp at Steel Point

Strobe lighting on Shark Point wall #marineex…

Strobe lighting on Shark Point wall #marineexplorer

Strobe lighting on Shark Point wall #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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This shot shows just how important strobe lighting is underwater. The foreground is lit by twin strobes, bringing out the colours and detail. As the light level falls into the distance, you can see the fall off in reds in particular. Shark Point, Clovelly

Sponge cave #marineexplorer by John Turnbull …

Sponge cave #marineexplorer

Sponge cave #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Clovelly / Shark Point

Red scorpionfish S jacksoniensis in Carijoa g…

Red scorpionfish S jacksoniensis in Carijoa garden #marineexplorer

Red scorpionfish S jacksoniensis in Carijoa garden #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Clovelly / Shark Point

Big fish need big space – GNS at Bushrangers …

Big fish need big space - GNS at Bushrangers #marineexplorer

Big fish need big space – GNS at Bushrangers #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Grey nurse sharks are listed as vulnerable worldwide (IUCN) and critically endangered on the east coast of Australia. Big fish like these – they grow to 3 m – need plenty of space. The Shellharbour population clearly moves around, being spotted at the gravel loader and then a few km away at Bushrangers. We’ve seen the same in Sydney, with sharks moving between Maroubra and Bondi. Despite this, “protection” zones for GNS are just 200 m wide www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/species-protection/conservatio…