The Grey Nurse Shark is listed as two separate populations within Australia. The east coast population is listed as critically endangered. The west coast population is listed as vulnerable. This species became the first protected shark in the world when the New South Wales Government declared it a protected species in 1984. The Grey Nurse Shark isContinue reading “Fast Facts: Grey Nurse Sharks”
My biceps bulged, as I lifted my bright white, heavy scuba tank, caressing it like a baby, to the floor of my humble, zippy car. The aroma of bacon and eggs hypnotised me, as I took my last bite of the salty, creamy, crisp and runny protein-packed morsel. My tongue contracted, as I flooded myContinue reading “Short Story: Grey Nurse Sharks”
Bluebottles inhabit waters throughout Australia and are often found in swarms. The sting causes immediate pain, usually lasting about 30 minutes, with typical oval-shaped blanched wheals and surrounding redness of the skin. To treat a sting: 1- Pick off any adherent tentacles with fingers (this has been shown not to be harmful to the rescuer).Continue reading “Sea Doctor: Treating Bluebottle Stings”
The only “blue bottles” we should see, are those that belong in the ocean.
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”
Goosebumps darted all over my body, as I prepped my dive gear in the chilly, harsh wind. Thick, dark, grey rain clouds hovered over us, as an isolated beam of light bathed us in temporary warmth. Strolling to the entrance of Bass and Flinders Dive site in Sydney, Australia, the dense, mature trees provided temporaryContinue reading “Short Story: Baby Port Jackson Shark”