Fast Facts: Crested Hornsharks

The Crested Horn Shark is often confused with the more common Port Jackson Shark, because they look similar. A way to tell them apart is to look for the different banded pattern. Males mature at about 60 cm in length. Females mature at about 70 cm. The Crested Hornshark is endemic to Australia, occurring fromContinue reading “Fast Facts: Crested Hornsharks”

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: 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”

“Leap” of Faith!

There’s an awesome Dive Site called the “Leap to Steps,” found in Kurnell, Sydney. The “Leap” in Leap to Steps, comes from a platform you can leap off to commence your dive (dive conditions dependent, of course). Whilst carefully walking onto this platform with your dive gear to make that Leap of Faith, ensure yourContinue reading ““Leap” of Faith!”