Entries by Ferms

Amazing Bull Kelp (Durvillaea potatorum)

Anyone looking forward to summer and cooling off with ice cream🍦 may look to algae with thanks 😉 The thick brown, flexible and strong algae we 🏊🏼‍♀️ & 🏄🏼‍♀️ with, the Bull Kelp (Durvillaea potatorum), forms the basis of important ecosystems. Living up to 8 x years, it is one of the fastest growing algaes, able to grow to lengths over […]

Callorhinchus milli – the extraordinary Elephant Shark

Part fish and part shark, the Callorhinchus milli is unique, being a Chimaera. The Elephant Shark/Fish/Ghost Fish has a skeleton of cartilage like sharks and rays, they have only one gill opening, are minus denticles, and their teeth are fused into plates. Their habitat is on the continental slope in deep water, and it uses […]

Nudibranch

Adding to the trend of “going nude” at the beach, is one of my favourite creatures, the Nudibranch. As per those at the Whites Beach and the Pt Addis area, “Nudi’s” come in all shapes and sizes; with some being microscopic, far smaller than the tip of a finger nail and well camouflaged, and those […]

Beach-washed Treasures – Shark Eggs

What looks like a mini seaweed purse but is more exciting? It’s likely to be an egg case that has washed ashore from certain sharks, or from skates and chimaera, after the young has hatched, much like this one last week. There are a few reproductive methods for the approx 500 species of sharks, with […]

Sensational Salps

Sometimes we encounter lovely transparent glinting elements washed up on the shore. At times these sparkling forms will be a fabulous creature known as a Salp. Salps are semi-transparent, barrel-shaped, gelatinous-type creatures. Whilst they possibly look a bit like jellies, salps are actually free-floating tunicates. They live in the open ocean and propel themselves along […]

Sea Hare

Today’s post features the Sea Hare of the class of Gastropoda and shows the sea hare Aplysia parvula. I took these photographs in 2014 and 2015, with also seeing many at the end of 2019, at ERMS. I have had some of my favourite times observing the gentle algae grazing action and interactions of families […]

Waratah Anemone (Actinia tenebrosa)

Welcome to Marine Mondays. ?? Today’s post features the Waratah Anemone (Actinia tenebrosa) The Waratah Anemone is from the Phylum of Cnidaraians. It is endemic to rocky shores and is part of a community of many different anemones living in the tidal zone. (I’ll cover some more in other posts). They are fun to spot due […]

A jelly encounter- Jelly Blubber (Catostylus mosaicus)

?? Following on in the steps of Fossil Friday and Wildlife Wednesday is Marine Monday, where I’ll share marine related finds from along our beautiful coastline. Hidden mainly from view, below the surface of the sea, in the rock pools, under the waves, there is much “going on” underneath. Today’s post features the Blue Blubber Jelly […]