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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, 4 January 2011
Tangle's Gift

 

How exciting..... Tonight Tangles caught a 30cm butter bream and brought it into one of our  dolphin feeders,  Emma, and Bonnie Holmes (Phd Researcher, Dept of Fisheries) who was also feeding at the time.  This was very exciting for Bonnie as she is currently  writing up a scientific paper on the dolphins that bring  in fish gifts (gift giving) to the dolphin feeding staff.  This event can happen occasionally although were not sure of the reasaon the  causes the dolphins do this. Perhaps they are saying thanks for all of the fish and just giving us a gift, or could they be bartering for more fish from us?

There is a display in the Marine Education Centre containing some of the gifts  that the dolphins have brought in over the last 10 years.

Currently Bonnie Holmes is at the resort with Dr Jonathan Werry, Marine Scientist, Griffith University conducting research on the ecology of sharks and their behaviour in the open ocean.

      

              Bonnie  (PhD Researcher) and Emma with Tangle's gift

Dr Jonathan Werry, Marine Scientist - Griffith University

 

 

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