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Tangalooma Marine Education & Conservation Centre

Eco Certified Ecotourism

Surrounded by 98% national park and built on the picturesque shores of Moreton Island, the Tangalooma Marine Education and Conservation Centre provides an up-close and personal look into the wonderful world of Moreton Bay. A passionate and dedicated team of Eco Rangers provide a wide range of Eco Walks, Tours and Presentations for all ages and backgrounds. These tours are designed to interactively educate people about conservation and their surrounding eco systems. Through education, attitudes can be changed and people can become aware of their environments so they can start making a difference. 

The Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC) is unique from any other facility as the environment is right on the doorstep, with endangered animals frequently passing the shores. Dolphins, Dugongs, Whales, Turtles, Rays, Marine Birds and so much more can be seen daily with interpretative taks provided by the TMECC Eco Rangers. 

TMECC aims to educate young children with an established program called Eco Marines. Eco Marines is a non-for-profit environmental program that assists and sponsors community engagement in advocacy and action to protect domestic and international waterways, rivers, oceans and wildlife.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Starry Pufferfish

Starry Pufferfish (Arothron stellatus)

Starry Pufferfish at the Tangalooma wrecks

The Starry pufferfish belongs to the family Tetraodontidae, which includes all species of toadfish and pufferfish. These fish are unique in that they are able to inflate themselves with water to approximately twice their normal size, which serves as a defence. By making themselves look larger, they are able to deter some predators. Starry pufferfish are found throughout tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia, they are found along the north coast from central Western Australia to central New South Wales, often associated with coastal reefs and inshore estuaries. 

Growing up to 1.2m in length, Starry pufferfish are one of the largest species of pufferfish. Adults are white in colour and their body is covered with small black spots, which become smaller and more numerous as they mature. Juveniles on the other hand are orange with small black spots on their body as well as diagonal black bands on their abdomen.

Starry Pufferfish at the Tangalooma wrecks again

The Starry pufferfish has a beak like jaw, which is very powerful and able to crack open shells and other hard objects. This suits their diet as they eat things such as sponges, corals, crustaceans, molluscs, tube worms and sea urchins. Like all species of pufferfish and toadfish, they contain powerful toxins (tetrodotoxin) in their skin and organs, and should never be eaten. These photos were both taken at the Graveyard dive site out the front of Tangalooma.



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