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”

Short Story: Baby Port Jackson Shark

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”

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”

Short Story: Green Turtle

I feel the violent bumps of the dirt-road pot holes rattle every bone of my body, as I cling onto the internal rails of the bus, like a drowning cat. I hear the American accent of my newfound friend, as I contemplate my travel plans. I ask “what about snorkelling down the road? Are youContinue reading “Short Story: Green Turtle”

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”

Short Story: The Common Sydney Octopus

The sun was slowly melting my skin, as I clipped my torch to my BCD. My dive buddy and I proceeded to the entrance of Bare Island. Swaggering down the sandstone stairs, our dive boots gripping the ground, we heard squish-squashing as we carefully dodged the slippery, slimy potholes made by Sea Urchins and generalContinue reading “Short Story: The Common Sydney Octopus”