Other cool sea creatures

This is the catalogue of all the other marine critters that don’t fit into the other categories…

Dolphins

I NEVER get sick of seeing dolphins. It’s especially nice to have them ride the bow waves!

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Tin Can Bay, QLD

Dolphins at dawn, Platypus Bay, Fraser Island, QLD

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Riding our bow wave for the first time! Crossing the Arafura Sea.

In the Similan and Surin Islands, Thailand.

Dugongs

I had never seen a dugong prior to this trip. Now I’ve seen them twice: in Hervey Bay, and in Tongue Bay in the Whitsundays!

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Turtles, family Cheloniidae

We’ve seen turtles all along the east coast of QLD (6 of the 7 species of marine turtles live along the coast) and in a few places in Asia. The best interactions have been in the lagoon at Lady Musgrave Island; hanging out with ‘Burt the Turt’, a resident of Stonehaven anchorage in the Whitsundays; and in the Similan Islands in Thailand.

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green turtle in Lady Musgrave Island lagoon.
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hawksbill turtle in Butterfly Bay, the Whitsundays
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Similar Islands, Thailand
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green turtle

Click here for a turtle identification guide.

 

Octopus

“If you go to the octopus … you’ll find that it has a camera eye which is remarkably similar to our own. And yet we know that the octopus belongs to an invertebrate group called cephalopod mulluses, evolutionarily very distant indeed from the chordates to which we belong.” Simon Conway Morris.

In the warmer months, we often spot octopus. During our Easter trip to Tangalooma, we found a very active pair living in one of the wrecks. We busted them a few times “holding hands”!

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Tweed River, NSW
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reef octopus, Surin Islands, Thailand

Starfish (Echinodermata)

We’ve seen lots! But I don’t seem to take many photographs of them…

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Tangalooma, Moreton Island
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Thailand
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crown of thorns starfish, Thailand
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Koh Lipe, Thailand

 

 

Jellyfish

Here’s a few fun facts about jellyfish:

  • Biological classification: subphylum Medusozoa
  • There’s about 2000 species of jellyfish, they are found in every sea and ocean, but only about 100 of them have any serious effect on humans. The deadliest is the box jellyfish, which frequents tropical waters…!
  • They’ve roamed the Earth for more than 500 million years, making them the oldest multi-organ animal!

 

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Barrel jellyfish?, Belitong Island, Indonesia
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And I think this one is a box jellyfish!! (Straits Quay Marina, Malaysia)

A really photogenic barrel jellyfish and its harem of fish, Koh Hong, Thailand

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White-spotted jelly, Phyllorhiza punctata, Straits Quay Marina
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??, Straits Quay Marina

Seasnakes

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small olive sea-snake, Urangan Marina (Hervey Bay)
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Olive sea-snake, SS Yongala
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banded sea snake, Banda Neira, Indonesia

Seahorses

I think these guys are technically fish, but they are unique enough to be singled out here.

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Tiger tail seahorse (?), Phuket Thailand
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the extremely tiny pygmy seahorse! Tulemban, Bali
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5 Comments Add yours

  1. the octopus pic was very cool

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