Dugongs – nature’s smartest mammal!

By Fiona Harper| September 22, 2014|

Known as the mermaid of the sea, dugongs (or manatees) are shy bashful creatures. The jury is still out on how or why dugongs were mistaken for mermaids, but stories abound of sailors sighting graceful half woman, half fish creatures as early as Christopher Columbus’s explorations during 1493. Perhaps the combination of lonely sailors and rum consumed on extended sea voyages gets closer to the truth. Using their tail fluke for propulsion, their rotund bodies make them appear sluggish yet

The Great Barrier Reef Australia – Coral Research

By proof| February 10, 2011|

Recent flooding in South East Queensland and the recent cyclone Yasi means weather in Australia is a hot topic at the moment. Mother nature is a powerful and mystical force. The Great Barrier Reef Australia is constantly being probed for its secrets and limitless wonders with recent research showing that coral can unlock a history of rainfall in North Queensland that predates recordings from modern instruments. By examining coral cores on the Great Barrier Reef The Australian Institute of Marine

Round Headed Parrotfish Research – The Great Barrier Reef Australia

By proof| December 30, 2010|

New research conducted by the University Of Queensland has found that the Round Headed Parrotfish’s night time cocoon of mucous is actually to protect the fish from parasite attack. Previously it was thought the mucous ‘sleeping bag’ was to mask the scent of the fish from predators. Parrotfish on The Great Barrier Reef Australia are preyed on by gnathiids which are 2 mm long parasitic isopods. They can suck blood from the unfortunate parrotfish and can carry a

Whale Shark Spotted On The Great Barrier Reef Australia

By proof| December 20, 2010|

This Photo of a Whale Shark was taken by the Aristocat Crew. Tourists were treated to a lucky encounter on a trip to The Great Barrier Reef on the 5th November 2010 when the boat they were aboard (Aristocat) came across a Whale Shark. The Whale Shark stayed with the boat for around 25 minutes, during which time this photo was snapped. "In 20 years, I’ve probably seen about 10 of them," said Scott Nelson, skipper of the

Pygmy Seahorse Discovery – The Great Barrier Reef Australia

By proof| December 14, 2010|

James Cook University scientists believe they have discovered a new species of Pygmy Seahorse on The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The recent discovery comes after searching 100 metres beneath the surface 200 kilometres from Cairns, Australia. At 5mm long the newly discovered Pygmy seahorse could be the world’s smallest vertebrate. The expedition was lead by Tom Bridge from James Cook University. “As you go deeper and deeper, you find less familiar critters,” Mr Bridge said.  “Pygmy seahorses have been discovered

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