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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