August 1st, magnetic island.
first photo: cute plants of australia, magnetic island edition.
second photo: some very shaky gopro footage of our restoration work with reef ecologic, featuring my snorkel. our job on this day was to swim out to algae-covered rocks in nelly bay, magnetic island, and pull said algae. just like underwater weeding! the algae is growing quickly thanks to high nutrient levels from fertilizer runoff, and taking up valuable real estate on rocks. this means that coral polyps don’t have room to colonize and begin to grow, so removing algae is helpful to starting new reefs. i didn’t excel at this task but i still loved the chance to participate in restoration work. our group pulled almost thirty kilos of algae by the end of our day and saw some awesome rays, giant clams and fish to boot. #lovethereef#restorethereef2018#reefecologic#actuallivingscientist#magneticisland
Miss india restaurant in rockhampton allow clean byo containers or #metal#tiffin tins like mine from @mamasnaturalmagic / @thatwholefoodplace.
they have a wide array of ready to serve vegan, veggie & meat curries, and cook fresh rotis to order.
i love that they have a hand-washing station in the corner like @nandosaus [wow the lighting was yellow in miss india!]
Holy hump-head, have you ever encountered one of these guys on the great barrier reef? this species of parrotfish can grow up to lengths of 1.3m and weigh up to 46kg! also, the sound they make while munching on coral is not unlike homer simpson eating a doughnut #omnomnom 🍩 photo by @david_girsh#portdouglasdaintree
This anemone shrimp lives on the tentacles of certain anemones and bubble corals.
anemone's tentacles have stinging cells, called nematocysts, which scare away most of the shrimp's predators.
like many other shrimps of this kind, this anemone shrimp makes its living as a cleaner, just like the little cleaner wrasses. these shrimps are mostly transparent and very tiny, just less than 2 cm long, they are quite good-looking and very photogenic, making a great subject for macro photography, if you know where to look! 😅