Fast Facts: Polycitor Giganteus

Is a massive gelatinous colony with a firm translucent ‘skeleton’ and smooth surface; Has a muscular body divided into a short thorax and an especially long abdomen; Is a giant jelly Ascidian; Ascidians (sea squirts) are filter feeders that function by pumping seawater and filtering out suspended food particles from the water column; Ascidians areContinue reading “Fast Facts: Polycitor Giganteus”

Fast Facts: Mado

Is a schooling species that is particularly common on coastal reefs, under jetties in harbors and large estuaries; Has a silver body with dark brown to black stripes and yellow fins; Has large eyes, a small mouth and a forked tail; Is one of the most common species in Sydney; and Is omnivorous. Reference: australian.museum

Fast Facts: Sea Tulips

Grows from rocks; Comes in a variety of colours such as orange, purple, yellow or pink; It’s colours are formed from an encrusting sponge, which covers its surface; Found in coastal waters to a depth of 80 m; Is unable to move around, therefore, it waits for the currents to bring food to it; LikeContinue reading “Fast Facts: Sea Tulips”

Fast Facts: Purple Sea Urchin

The Purple Sea Urchin is one of the most common Sea Urchins found on Sydney’s Coast; Are endemic to Australia; Body colour ranges from white to green, pink, purple and black and the spines are typically different in colour; Due to this colour diversity, it was once thought that the Purple Sea Urchin were threeContinue reading “Fast Facts: Purple Sea Urchin”