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New records of corals from Adele Island

New records of corals from Adele Island

Richards, Bryce and Bryce have recently published a paper highlighting the unique assemblage of corals, rollaliths and coraliths at Adele Island, the farethest island off the Kimberley coast. A subtidal zone of mixed corallith and rhodolith habitat appears to be the...
New locations for rare species discovered

New locations for rare species discovered

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-21/new-populations-of-rare-species-discovered/5685418 By Ebonnie Spriggs Updated Thu at 11:36amThu 21 Aug 2014, 11:36am PHOTO: An endangered northern quoll was found on a Kimberley island. (Supplied.) MAP: Kununurra 6743 A survey of...
Morning in the mangroves

Morning in the mangroves

Broome’s Dampier Creek It’s early morning in the mangroves lining Dampier Creek on the fringe of Broome’s Chinatown, and air is alive with birdsong.  A small female Broad-billed flycatcher alights briefly on mangrove pneumataphores, the spiky...
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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