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Spring Tide Sandbank Walk

Spring Tide Sandbank Walk

On a humid February evening, we took the boat out to a sandbank in the middle of Roebuck Bay to photograph the tropical marine life that is only exposed on this vast expanse of fine, silty sand on a very low spring tide.  Brightly coloured sponges, Comb stars, Brittle...
Ghost crab

Ghost crab

A feisty Horn-eyed Ghost Crab (Horn-eyed Ghost Crab (Ocypode ceratophthalmus) adopts a defensive position on Broome’s Cable Beach.  Ghost crabs are named for their pale carapace, and this particular species for the protrusions from its eye stalks.   Ocypode...
Tiny wet season moth

Tiny wet season moth

This tiny moth, only 1cm long, appeared after a period of heavy rain in Broome in late January 2014.   Moths belong to the order ‘Lepidoptera’ which means scaly wing, and are generally less colourful than butterflies, with no hooks at the end of the...
Sea snake with a broken back

Sea snake with a broken back

We spotted this Stokes’ sea snake (Astrotia stokesii) swimming near the surface off Cable Beach today, with what seemed to be a broken back.  Whilst still able to stay afloat, the snake displayed difficulty in submerging or turning over, and was probably the...

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