TMECC Photo Showcase

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

By Tangalooma Island Resort

TMECC Showcase

There's no such thing as a normal day on the bay for our staff at the Tangalooma Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC) who not only coordinate both our education and dolphin feeding programs, oversee marine animal rescues, research conservation strategies and spread the word about how to care for our beautiful surroundings, but also live on the island! Satisfy your inner-environmentalist as you preview what a day in the life of a Tangalooma Eco Ranger looks like from behind the lens...

Eco Ranger Cassie

This photo was taken whilst I was on the Eco Cruise. Moreton Bay is the only place in the world where dugongs live so close to a major city, we are lucky to have around 800 dugongs in the bay. The main herd is to the south of the resort, but we do have a few resident dugongs that hang out the front of Tangalooma and I was lucky to capture a picture of him. Dugongs are currently listed as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN (2001), it is important for boat owners to slow down around the bay and keep an eye out for the dugongs when they come up to breath. These shy and gentle creatures spend their days grazing on seagrass around Moreton Bay.

Eco Ranger Tessa

This photo was taken at the Tangalooma Wrecks. I love snorkeling by the Wrecks because you never know what you'll get to see under water, which adds to the excitement of each snorkel! On this particular day, I was very lucky to snorkel amongst plenty of Wobbegong sharks, fish and Green sea turtles. Only one in a thousand sea turtle hatchlings survive till adulthood, so it's incredible to capture images of these ‘one in a thousand' turtles living by the Wrecks. I often snorkel and free dive around the deeper waters of the Wrecks, which offers more of its hidden marine life. Overall, this was a snorkel to remember!

Eco Ranger Chris

Here is a photo of the bush camp which a colleague and I constructed using the plants on the island. The Eco Rangers take guests and students to visit the bush camp during our bushtucker tours. It is a nice demonstration of how aboriginal people would have used materials from the bush to survive on the island for thousands of years.

Eco Ranger Sue

This is one of my favourite photos.

As I was setting up the dolphin feed the other evening, waiting for the dolphins to arrive, the sun set and the sky lit up in a magnificent array of colours, the reds, orange, yellows. Magentas and blues were astounding.

It was truly spectacular. The dolphins arrived shortly after I took this photo and this was then my actual workplace.

This photo reminds me on how fortunate I am to have a job where I work in a beautiful natural environment. We are also so lucky to live over on the island as this is one of the few places in Eastern Australia where you can see the sun setting over the water every evening.

Eco Ranger Chris

This photo was taken from my balcony at the top of the hill at Tangalooma. Usually, I have a beautiful view of the entire bay. But, on this morning, an intense fog set in and covered the Bay completely. You can see the Tangalooma Jet emerging from the fog at the jetty. The fog cleared by lunch time. This happens sometimes when moisture rich air on top of the bay and coast is cooled causing cloud droplets to form.

Eco Ranger Corey

I captured this photo while out on the Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruise using the TMECC camera. While doing the commentary I took some snaps of an adult whale breaching out of the water. I am very lucky that I get to go out on a regular basis and watch these amazing mammals on their migration. This breach I particularly like because I was able to get Cape Moreton in the background with the lighthouse in the corner too.

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