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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, 5 August 2013
The Yellow Boxfish

“Yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicus)

The yellow boxfish can be found in tropical and temperate regions throughout the Indo-Pacific oceans, usually associated with lagoons, and coral/rocky reefs from depths of 1m to 40m deep. These fish are boxed shaped, and grow to 45cm in length. As juveniles, they are bright yellow with bluish black spots over their body, but as they mature the yellow fades to a duller yellow (almost brown) colouration.

The yellow boxfish feeds on algae and a variety of marine invertebrates, including sponges, polychaete worms, molluscs and crustaceans. These fish produce a toxin in their skin called ostracitoxin, which acts as a deterrent to predators. Due to this, these fish should never be eaten. When stressed or sick, these fish may also release this toxin into the water, and when kept in aquariums, they have been known to kill all the other fish in the same aquarium after releasing this toxin. These two photos were taken beneath the Tangalooma jetty, and are of mature individuals.”

Eco Ranger Pat

Posted by Ben
 

 

 
 
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