Fast Facts: Black-Spot Goatfish

Also known by other names, such as Blacksaddle Goatfish A species of Goatfish and an inhabitant of coral reefs, it can be found at depths from 10 to 80 meters. This species can reach a length of 50 centimetres. They have two barbels extending from the chin, which are used to probe the sand forContinue reading “Fast Facts: Black-Spot Goatfish”

Fast Facts: Port Jackson Sharks

Port Jackson Sharks are easily identifiable by the harness-like markings which cross the eyes, run along the back to the first dorsal fin, then cross the side of the body. Port Jackson Sharks belong to the family Heterodontidae, which have eight species, all in the genus Heterodontus, three of which are found in Australian waters. TheseContinue reading “Fast Facts: Port Jackson Sharks”

Fast Facts: Turtles

Sea turtles have existed since the time of the dinosaurs. The earliest known marine turtle lived about 120 million years ago and its name was Desmatochelys Padillai – it was 6 feet long and looked like modern sea turtles. Sea turtles use earths magnetic fields to navigate, using their dual magnetic abilities, which act likeContinue reading “Fast Facts: Turtles”

Fast Facts: The Common Sydney Octopus

Cephalopod literally means ‘head foot’ and members of this group, including octopuses, cuttlefishes, squids and nautiluses, have their foot or tentacles connected to their head, not their body. Cephalopods have the most advanced nervous system of all invertebrate animals and are active hunters. They are carnivorous and use their strong beaks to bite into theirContinue reading “Fast Facts: The Common Sydney Octopus”