Black Beauty

Marine images of shellfish are not high on the list of glamorous marine subjects. True, most shellfish find it hard to capture attention the way sharks, whales, brightly coloured reef fish and any number of other fascinating marine creatures do though there are exceptions. The first time I came upon a Black Cowry (Zoila friendii) […]

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Mollusc City

This is where all the mollusc action is happening! A top shell (Phasianella australis), closely followed by a small whelk is about to summit the razorfish (Pinna bicolor) while the small abalone and tube shells have made a permanent home there. Not to miss out a few sponges, algae and barnacles have also joined the […]

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Hermit Crab

I first encountered hermit crabs many years ago on the muddy tidal flats around Darwin well before I began diving. Since then I’ve learned they are everywhere and more than happy to take residence in someone else’s abandoned home. This Hermit Crab (Paguristes frontalis) at Port Noarlunga is both common and comical. This one’s shell […]

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