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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.

 
Monday, 23 September 2013
Blue Swimmer Crab

“Blue swimmer crab (Portunus arnatus)

Blue swimmer crabs (also known as sand crabs) are specialised for swimming in the water, with their back pair of legs being paddle shaped. When they swim they use these ‘paddles’ to pull themselves sideways through the water. When they are not swimming, they usually are buried in the sand, with just their eyes protruding.

As a crustacean, blue swimmer crabs moult their shells in order to grow. The crab will moult the old shell and enter a soft bodied stage. During the soft bodied stage, the crab will swell up with water to expand its body size, and will grow the new hard shell over the top. Following the growth of the new shell, the crab will gradually replace the water with body tissues. This process will repeat several times throughout the life of the crab.

Blue swimmer crabs are a popular food species of crab and are quite popular with fisherman. In Queensland, as well as most of Australia, there are fishing regulations in place to ensure that these crab stocks are sustainable, so please always follow these laws. The minimum size limit for blue swimmer crabs is 11.5cm carapace width, and females are not allowed to be taken and must be thrown back. To tell the difference between males and females, the best way is to look under their abdomen (or underside). There is a visible ‘flap’ on their underside, which is thin in males and wide in females. Please also be responsible with your crab pots, as they are responsible for the death of many turtles that get stuck trying to eat the animals inside. Always check crab pots regularly and never discard of old crab pots into the ocean. These two photos were taken underneath the Tangalooma Jetty.”

Posted by Ben
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Feather fin bullfish

“Feather fin bullfish (Heniochus acumineatus)

 

The feather fin bullfish is a common reef fish distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific. They are found singly or in pairs in many reef environments, from shallow lagoons to deep reef slopes from 2 – 75m deep. Growing to 25cm in length, feather fin bullfish are distinguished by their black and white banded body and elongated dorsal fin.

 

The feather fin bullfish belongs to a family of fish known as the butterflyfish (Chaetodontidae). The fish in this family all have fine, hair-like teeth that allow them to eat small, inaccessible marine animals that many other fish can not. These fish use their teeth to pull small animals out of burrows, such as Christmas tree and featherduster worms. They can even eat tiny coral polyps using their specialised teeth. However, this is not the only way the feather fin bullfish feeds; they also feed on small zooplankton, and parasites off the backs of larger marine animals, such as turtles, large fish and marine mammals. As the feather fin bullfish eats many different sources of food, it is known as a generalist feeder. This is advantageous as they can adapt to the different sources of food available, and may explain as to why they are abundant within their range. These two photos were taken at the graveyard dive site out the front of Tangalooma.”

Posted by Ben
 

 

 
 
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