Georgia Poyner with her first Dive certificate and her dive trainer Garran.

Young photocomp winners

Georgia Poyner with her first Dive certificate and her dive trainer Garran.

Georgia Poyner with her first Dive certificate and her dive trainer Garran.

First and third overall winners are teenagers in our recent photo comp. Georgia Poyner who is 13 years old won first prize overall from very high quality competition. She decided to use her prize money to contribute towards her dive training. Here she is with her tariner Garran, having just successfully completed her dive ticket. On her first dive she saw an unusual Angel shark.

Georgia Poyner on her first dive - she was lucky to see an unusual Angel shark

Georgia Poyner on her first dive – she was lucky to see an unusual Angel shark

Harrison Warne who is 17 won overall Third prize. He is a keen naturalist and has a particular interest in reptiles – see his great Goanna video on the website.

Harrison Warne with his fistful of winner's certificates from the 2013 Atlas photo comp

Harrison Warne with his fistful of winner’s certificates from the 2013 Atlas photo comp

Both Georgia and Harrison won several categories with different photos. It’s great to see such talented youngsters producing such high quality images.

Penny Beaver won Second prize overall. It’s time for us adults to sharpen our focus and work hard for this year’s competition! Thanks to all contributors and judges, it was a great first competition which everyone enjoyed.

Have a look at the winners and all the great images under the competition button on the left.

Surfing Red Bellied Black Snake

Surfing Snake ?

Surfing Snake

Surfing Snake

 

 

Surfing Red Bellied Black Snake

Surfing Red Bellied Black Snake

DSC_7018This Red Bellied Black snake was seen on Tura Beach  heading into the ocean,when washed ashore in the surf it turned around & went back to the ocean. It appeared very docile when washed up  but as the waves touched it again it headed back again towards the water.  Any explanations on this behaviour would be welcomed.Thankyou to Norm Hamilton for the closeup photos in gallery.

Pumice flotsam with attachments
Photo    Chris Nicholls

new info – Pumice flotsam attracts settlers

Additional pumice information – see “comments” below – thanks Chris…..

There has been a lot of pumice washed up along the tide line this year, from tiny pieces to quite large lumps. Often the pumice will have been at sea for long periods and its gritty surface is an ideal landing place for many small floating animals and plants.

This specimens has attracted Goose Barnacles  – and goose barnacles ON goose barnacles, two other sorts of barnacle and what looks like some kind of marine worm.

Thanks to Chris Nicholls for the photo

Pumice flotsam with attachments Photo    Chris Nicholls

Pumice flotsam with attachments
Photo Chris Nicholls

Peter Fullagar – scientist working now in his 54th consecutive year of shearwater studies on Montague Island – has mentioned that on performing post mortems on dead young shearwaters, they have often found this year that the birds’ stomachs are full of pumice lumps instead of the more usual plastic debris. Pumice is a natural substance , but equally indigestible to baby seabirds. Apparently the adults can eject non-digestible morsels, but juveniles can’t.

 

Marine ecology project meeting and fish ID

Join us to learn more about our plans for long-term coastal and marine ecology monitoring projects on the Sapphire Coast

Meeting at Auswide, Merimbula (behind the Lakeview Hotel) 6:30pm Thursday January 2nd

Program:

•Background to the coastal marine survey plans – our aims

•Identification of species for the project – Fish, macro algae, invertebrates

•Next steps

Libby Hepburn, Michael McMaster, Patrick Tegart, Maggie Brown