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A small selection of bivalves

I’m not really ‘clued up’ on bivalves, but there are a lot on the rock platform, washed up in pieces on the beach and even living under the sand or mud (razor clams, ouch!), so I probably should get to … Continue reading

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Carnivorous eggs

Isn’t the English language wonderful in its ambiguity? It’s not the eggs that are carnivorous but the mollusc that laid these eggs. According to the good folks at the Queensland Museum, it’s a predatory marine snail and most likely to … Continue reading

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The wonderful wobbegong

Here’s a wobbegong I saw at Woody Head recently. Queensland has five species, and we tend to get the same fish as them, due to similar subtropical water conditions. I’m not sure which one this is. Wobbegongs are mostly harmless … Continue reading

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A couple of Lord Howe marine creatures

Since Lord Howe Island is surrounded by tropical waters, there are the usual goodies – tropical fish in and around beautiful coral reefs. I saw several lion fish (swimming serenely perhaps because of their poisonous spines – don’t touch!), turtles, … Continue reading

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Woody zoanthids and rolling over rocks

Zoanthids are not actually ‘woody’, but we found some of these soft, squishy animals at Woody Head a couple of weekends ago. These are possibly Palythoa caesa. Zoanthids look like small anemones but they are a different sort of animal. … Continue reading

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A sauntering sea hare and a tiny nudibranch

Yesterday I saw this very charming sea hare, Dolabrifera brazieri, moseying across a shallow pond and grazing on algae, again at Flat Rock, near Ballina, northern New South Wales. It’s about 9 cm when stretched out. Sea hares are molluscs … Continue reading

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Final gloomy day creatures

Continuing from the previous two posts … Carnivorous shells abound, but some herbivores are big and tough enough to survive – for instance, turbans. The turban below (left, Turbo militaris) is about the same size as its nemesis (right, Australian … Continue reading

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More gloomy day creatures

Continuing from the previous post … It must have been a hermit crabs’ convention, as there were dozens and dozens. Perhaps they were there en masse to trade shells (they swap into larger shells as they grow) or mate, or … Continue reading

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A gloomy day, full of life

Perhaps the heavily overcast conditions on Saturday fooled the critters at Flat Rock into thinking that it was dusk and wake-up time, but I have rarely seen so much life in the rock pools in one session. For starters, we … Continue reading

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Alive, alive-o!

It’s great to see a sea shell (mollusc), but even better to see the animal that made it, intact and getting on with its life. ‘Shell’ is a bit misleading, as many molluscs don’t have visible shells but are photogenic … Continue reading

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