What’s Landed on the Camel’s Back?

Sapphire Coast Marine Society outing to Camel Rock. Sunday August 19th. As well as our usual rocky shore ramble, we will be searching to see whether species displaced by the big storms in March have returned. These include: nudibranchs, bubble snails, sea hares, pink sea cucumbers, anemones etc… (for a named list, see below). Meet at Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start at Camel rock. Everyone welcome.

The 200 metre walk along the beach to the first rockpool area is fairly easy, and for those who wish to explore further, the rock scramble is quite difficult with jagged rocks. Good quality sturdy footwear is essential and you may like to wear gardening gloves to protect your hands. There should be good things to find in the rockpools that will make your efforts worthwhile.

Camel Rock August

Image from Surf Life Saving ( see their website for more info.)

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Photo taken in January this year

2012 Search target species:
Lined Bubble snail – Bullina lineata
Rose Petal Bubble snail – Hydatina physis
Black Elephant snail – Scutus antipodes
Umbrella snail – Umbracullum umbracullum
Gloomy octopus – Octopus tetracus
Sweet nudibranch – Ceratosoma amoenum
Mottled sea hare – Dolabifera brazieri
Pink sea cucumber – Chiridota gigas
Yellow acorn worm – Ptychodera flava
Peanut worm – Phascolosoma noduliferum
Waratah anemone – Actinia tenebrosa
Shell grit anemone – Oulactis mucosa
11 arm starfish – Coscinasterias muricata
Black urchin – Centrostephanus rodgersii
Red urchin – Heliocidaris tuberculata

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