Keppels bleaching 2020

Keppels bleaching 2020

Coral bleaching occurs when reef building corals shed their tiny algae to relieve stress and to increase their chances of survival. This spectacular aerial image of bleached branching corals at Big Peninsular was taken by Max Allen Jnr from Freedom Fastcats. Keppel...
Summer is here

Summer is here

Visitors to Monkey Reef off Great Keppel Island may see patches of bleached or seemingly dead corals. After a run of days with light winds and water temperatures peaking during the mid afternoons above 28 degrees C in the last 3 weeks, The bleaching sensitive...
A lunar bleaching?

A lunar bleaching?

Corals at Monkey Beach reef off Great Keppel Island were exposed to the air during the spring low tides at around 3am and 3pm on the 28th and 29th of September 2019. These extreme ‘spring’ low and high tides occur montly at the time of the New Moon but...
The opportunists of the sea

The opportunists of the sea

Coral will grow just about anywhere! This diver’s mask lay submerged for months and has become home to sponges, soft corals, turf algae, macro algae and what looks like a cyanobacteria. It shows how opportunistic marine animals and plants can be....
Tuskfish uses rock to crack open cockle shell

Tuskfish uses rock to crack open cockle shell

Scott Gardner was returning from an 18-metre dive in the Keppels on 12 November 2006 when he heard a cracking noise. He saw a tuskfish hovering just above a sand patch near a rock grasping a cockle in its mouth. His photos show the fish grasping the shell in its jaws...