Category: underwater

Dendrodoris gunnamatta nudibranch among the d…

Dendrodoris gunnamatta nudibranch among the discarded fishing line #marineexplorer

Dendrodoris gunnamatta nudibranch among the discarded fishing line #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Clifton Gardens

Gone fishin’ Antennarius striatus #mari…

Gone fishin' Antennarius striatus #marineexplorer

Gone fishin’ Antennarius striatus #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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This is why they’re called angler fish 🙂 Clifton Gardens, Mosman

Slugging in the seagrass Dendrodoris denisoni…

Slugging in the seagrass Dendrodoris denisoni nudibranch #marineexplorer

Slugging in the seagrass Dendrodoris denisoni nudibranch #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Clifton Gardens

Hippocampus whitei seahorse on the nets #mar…

Hippocampus whitei seahorse  on the nets #marineexplorer

Hippocampus whitei seahorse on the nets #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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I saw at least 6 White’s seahorses today, a couple on the nets, at Clifton Gardens

Upwelling 15:15 #marineexplorer by John Turnb…

Upwelling 15:15 #marineexplorer

Upwelling 15:15 #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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Nor-easterly winds on Australia’s east coast drive local upwelling, as warmer surface waters are driven offshore. The cold, clear water at Bare Island this week was 15 C temp with 15 m visibility. Once you dropped below the warm surface layers, you just wanted to stay – and go – at the same time.

Hatched eggs – mostly #marineexplorer by John…

Hatched eggs - mostly #marineexplorer

Hatched eggs – mostly #marineexplorer by John Turnbull

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This egg mass comprises mostly empty capsules – but if you zoom in you can see two still filled with tiny pink eggs. Not sure of what?? Bare Island

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

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