Other cool sea creatures

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

Dolphins

We’ve seen a few pods of dolphins so far: Tin Can Bay, feeding at dawn in Platypus Bay, Fraser Island, Tongue Bay in the Whitsundays, and a few solitary dolphins here and there. We haven’t had any ride our bow waves yet (as of 18 May 2017) but hopefully we’ll get that opportunity sometime soon!

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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 (6 of the 7 species of marine turtles live along the coast), but the best interactions have been in the lagoon at Lady Musgrave Island, and hanging out with ‘Burt the Turt’, a resident of Stonehaven anchorage in the Whitsundays.

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

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

Starfish (Echinodermata)

I’ll get around to classifying all the different types at some stage.

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Tangalooma, Moreton Island

Jellyfish

Ditto.

Seasnakes

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small olive sea-snake, Urangan Marina (Hervey Bay)
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Olive sea-snake, SS Yongala

4 Comments Add yours

  1. the octopus pic was very cool

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