Fibre-optic like display

From Michael and Rosemarie McMaster – “Here are photos of a strange worm that Al Broadhurst found in his catch a few days ago.
We have sent the pictures off to Pat Hutchings at the Australian Museum who has identified the family of worms it belongs to – Polychaete Flabelligeridae (note from Libby – is that name for real?). We are attempting to get the remains of the worm to Pat so as she may be able to identify genus and species.
 Half way through photographing, it excreted a vibrant green jelly substance seen on some of the photos. This happened after I bumped the dish the animal was in while trying to get in close for a shot.
Its whiskers remind me of my Christmas tree with its fibre-optic lighting colours. These are its true colours.
 We hope you are impressed – we were.”

Sapphire Coast Marine Society AGM everyone welcome

The SCMS will be holding its AGM at Manna Park on Sunday July 7th. Everyone is welcome to come and find out more about the fun of being a member.

Meet at 1.30pm for a cuppa and a short AGM followed by a couple of short films and members photos and at approx 4.00pm a BYO barbeque.  This is a fabulous venue and we had a great time last year so do come and join us.

The SCMS organises several outings to interesting beaches or rocky shores along our coast each year. We always find lots of fascinating things and have great experts at hand to help with identification.

Several committee members will be stepping down this time around and we welcome anyone who has time to offer assistance to the committee work.

Our next outing is to Camel Rock on August 18th. Meet at Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf car park at 1pm, then we will car pool to the Camel Rock car park for a rock pool extravaganza with low tide at 2.20pm. Easy walking for most of the event, with the opportunity for a bit more challenge for those who want to go further.

SCMS members assisting researchers at Bermagui March 2012

ABC Radio National Bioblitz coverage

Vanessa Milton (ABC Open) and Carly McTavish were with us during the Bermagui Bioblitz and they subsequently produced this radio segment which has been aired several times, first on Off the Track on June 10th. here is a blog Carly wrote and podcast link so that you can enjoy the experience too.

http://open.abc.net.au/posts/a-nocturnal-frogging-frenzy-78xy9hf

Karen Player from the Australian Museum who brought down the fantastic “Museum in a Box” boxes for our participating schools was also interviewed on Tim Holt’s ABC Local morning program on Monday, so we are getting lots of good coverage about Atlas of Life and the Bermagui Bioblitz.

Earth Stars & Sea Stars

Shapes in nature are often repeat themselves in different  environments , here are two examples of star shapes from land & sea .

Albino Swamp Wallaby

Graham Webber was startled to see an albino Swamp Wallaby at dusk crossing Monck’s Road last week. This is on Sapphire coast Drive on the hill  between Tathra and Tura Beach. Apparently this unusual animal has been seen from time to time over the last four years in the area. It spent several years around Wallagoot Lane. If anyone has a photo , please forward it to share on the website.