Gordon La Praik is a citizen scientist who devoted decades of his life to studying, identifying and documenting the soft corals and mollusc of the Keppels and Southern Great Barrier Reef. Gordon has allowed us to share his stunning photographs and unique story through a new website:

The Gordon La Praik Soft Coral
Soft corals and molluscs (Ovulidae) of the Keppel Islands, southern Great Barrier Reef.

We recommend clicking on each image to bring up the full resolution image. These photos are spectacular. Each mollusc is highly specialised to blend in to it’s host coral.

A collection like this is never going to be repeated as some of the specimens were found at depths of up to 20m.

Antipathes (black coral) at Big Peninsula at a depth of 15m to 18m. Photo by Gordon La Praik.