Fast Facts: Fortescue

Has a brown to white body with dark brown to black bars; Has two large projectable spines on either side of the head, activated when disturbed; It’s first dorsal fin has 16 strong, painfully stinging spines; Lives in estuaries and bays to a depth of 30 m; Is endemic to Australia; Often seen in groupsContinue reading “Fast Facts: Fortescue”

Fast Facts: Moon Jelly

Is common and sometimes extremely abundant; Has a transparent jelly-like bell with four horseshoe-shaped reproductive organs that surround a square mouth; A feeding tentacle hangs down from each corner of the mouth; It’s tentacles are equipped with stinging cells (nematocysts) to capture small prey that are dragged inward towards the mouth; The outer edge ofContinue reading “Fast Facts: Moon Jelly”

Fast Facts: Red Morwong

The upper body varies from red to pale brown in colour; Adults are orange-brown to dark brown above and pale below; Small juveniles are silvery with dark bands crossing the upper sides and dorsal fin; Grows to a maximum size of approximately 4 kg and 65 cm in length; Found in shallow coastal waters toContinue reading “Fast Facts: Red Morwong”

Fast Facts: Numb Ray

Is commonly found hiding under and on sand and mud bottoms in shallow bays and estuaries, but is also observed at depths over 200 m; Is endemic to Australian waters; Can deliver powerful electric shocks to anyone who touches it, as it has electric organs located in each pectoral fin; It’s electric organs are usedContinue reading “Fast Facts: Numb Ray”