Tag Archives: Woody Head

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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Yes, it’s a nudibranch!

I’m used to thinking of nudibranchs as small (except for Spanish dancers), brightly coloured, soft creatures. Here’s one that breaks the mould. One of our US visitors, Mike from Alaska, found this creature in a shallow pool on the rock … 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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Not a nudibranch, but closely related

Hydatina physis, the rose petal bubble shell, is an ophistobranch, belonging to a group of sea molluscs that includes bubble shells, sea hares and nudibranchs, among others. This one, with an egg mass, was found in a shallow pool at … Continue reading

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Nudibranchs – enough said?

I don’t scuba dive any more, but every now and then I am in the right place at the right time to see a nudibranch in a rock pool. These little creatures are molluscs, but ones that lose their shells … Continue reading

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More sea shells by the sea shore

Nerites Many algae- and lichen-eating snails hang about in rock pools but are found stranded when the tide goes out. They shut tight their operculums (‘doors’) to protect themselves from dessication and birds. They feed by scraping off algae and … Continue reading

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She sees sea shells by the sea shore

The reef at Woody Head has a lot of live molluscs. You may not see them all at once, but the more times you go out to look, the more you’ll see. The water at the southern part is good … Continue reading

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Birds at Woody Head

Being inside a National Park (Bundjalung, named after the Indigenous nation that calls this part of the country home), Woody Head has many birds in and out of the forest. We saw some of the ones that were outside the … Continue reading

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