Category Archives: The sea

The calm before the storm

Doesn’t this look peaceful? Surfers on Lighthouse Beach, Ballina, contemplate the breaks. Even the dolphins were having a good time, catching waves, tail-slapping and cruising around for a snack of baitfish.     But appearances can be deceptive. Take a … Continue reading

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Dancing the flamenco at Woody Head

We went to Woody Head on Saturday for the regular folk music/dance event that our friends have been doing for over 20 years, but only for the day. It’s a good spot for snorkelling and looking in rock pools (nudibranchs!), … Continue reading

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Naked (gills) at Woody Head

Peter has been busy with his underwater camera. He found some nudibranchs while snorkelling at Woody Head, northern NSW. Many thanks to Peter for letting me use his photos. I’m sure you know already but, in case you don’t, the … Continue reading

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The racing stripe flatworm

The Woody Head rock platform and bay have many great marine animals easily seen by snorkellers. I’ve written many posts about this area; you can use the search function on this blog to track them down. An example is the … Continue reading

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Hastings Point marine museum

I’m a bit of a museum nut. Having worked as a curator’s assistant in the South Australian Museum of Natural History (marine invertebrates section), I appreciate the tremendous dedication, enthusiasm and plain hard work that goes into such places. Large … Continue reading

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My, what long arms you have …

This species of estuarine shrimp, Macrobrachium novaehollandiae, was found by a friend in Fishery Creek, Ballina. According to the IUCN Red List website, it occurs in the Cape Leveque and Fitzroy River basins (Western Australia), Buckingham River basin (Northern Territory) … Continue reading

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Swell Sculpture Festival 2014 (part 2)

In part 1, I showed animal sculptures in the Swell Sculpture Festival 2014 (part 1 – the animals). Here are some of the rest.

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Swell Sculpture Festival 2014 (part 1 – the animals)

The spring sunshine was in full force on a perfect day at Currumbin on Thursday. The Swell Sculpture Festival is a yearly event, and some sculptures go down to the Sculptures by the Sea event in Sydney. The beach was … Continue reading

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The caress of the octopus

It’s like this. I was standing in a rock pool at Flat Rock, Ballina last weekend. Low tide. Good critters, like this one …

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Cownosed rays at Woody Head

I haven’t been to Woody for a while, and I wish I’d seen the massed gathering of cownosed rays (Rhinoptera neglecta) there last weekend. There’s a media report and photos at ABC North Coast. The Australian Museum says: Cownose rays … Continue reading

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