Category: underwatersydney

G'iis a kiiss!! Achoerodus viridis #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

G’iis a kiiss!! Achoerodus viridis #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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I watched this big blue groper smashing an indeterminate invertebrate under a ledge at Shelly Beach Manly. I waited until he came out and the dust had settled a bit, and snapped this flattering portrait

Cheilodactylus fuscus - Red morwong #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Cheilodactylus fuscus – Red morwong #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Trying my hand at some fish portraits at Shelly Beach Manly

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.

Splendid nudibranch Goniobranchus splendidus #marineexplorer #underwatersydney

Splendid nudibranch Goniobranchus splendidus #marineexplorer #underwatersydney by John Turnbull

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Camp Cove

Brittle star - real life omnidroid #marineexplorer #undrewatersydney

Brittle star – real life omnidroid #marineexplorer #undrewatersydney by John Turnbull

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See The Incredibles… Camp Cove

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!

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.