Turtles can stay hours or several minutes underwater depending on their activity, but sooner or later they will need to surface to breath. They also take advantage of this moment to have a general view from the top of the bottom for possible meals before sinking again. #greatbarrierreef #australia
Australian sea lion With a population estimated at around 14,500 animals, the Wildlife Conservation Act of Western Australia has listed them as “in need of special protection”. Their Conservation status is listed as endangered. Jurien Bay has a small colonies about 20 minutes from the shore, and another bigger nearly one hour of navigation from the marina. In the second colonie you can also interact with Seals. Highly recommend if you are in the area, lot of fun 100% guaranteed, one of the best wild interaction in #westernaustralia .
Our popular and famous resident “wally” The humphead Maori wrasse, can be found in so many spots along the #greatbarrierreef however there are some specific reefs that the encounter with this guy is almost 100% guaranteed. So used to the divers, it wont doubt to approach and get a close look at the divers, and especially if you are carrying a camera. So beautiful and so much fun having Wally around for the next 45 minutes being part of the group. Would you like to dive next to Wally? Feel free to leave your comment below if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to give you information about the dive! #Australia #seeaustralia
Is turtle Tuesday!! Time to share one of my favourite animal in the ocean. Peaceful, smart, lazy, friendy, curious and I could use many other words to describe this beautiful creature.
Reef manta Manta rays have the biggest brain to body size ratio of any fish. They are one of the most charismatic animals in the ocean, and they are almost at the top of every diver wishlist of animal encounters. I had the privilege to interact with this magnificent creature for several minutes before it swam away. Something tells me that it felt curious about me, or maybe the bubbles or the camera, but it glided gracefully around me a few times until we came face to face. It felt like it was just as intrigued with me as I was with it. However the manta didn’t know that it was posing for the photo like never before haha. I had many attempts until I got the right shot. #greatbarrierreef #australia
Orbicular batfish The orbicular batfish (Platax orbicularis), also known as the circular batfish, orbiculate batfish, round batfish is found naturally in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Usually around reefs, at depths from 5 to 30 meters. The most common is to find the Juvenile fish in solitary or in small groups, however is possible to find them in big schools. one of my favourite things about this fish is it’s ability to change patterns according to it’s mood. The same fish in a fraction of a second, can become completely white, or completely black, but being the silver patterns the most common. Most people would think that is a different fish, but like is common in most silver fishes, like barracudas, spangled emperor, mangrove Jack, flounder fish etc.. they can use this ability for camouflage, express anger, submission, fear or many others. #greatbarrierreef
Why shouldn’t we take a starfish out of the water? Like all marine animals, starfishes are a body found in the sea for a simple reason: They do not breath air. Although this is very logical, some people are captivated by their beauty without think about the damage that they could suffer. The starfish capture oxygen in the water for breathing process through these skin gills and when these species are removed from their aquatic habitat, they can not perform gas exchange for their life cycles, which they suffer poisoning of dioxide or carbon monoxide and they die in a short time, it means that they drown in 3 to 5 minutes depending on the specimen. So if you love starfishes just freedive a few seconds and get your photo taken instead of bringing it up to the surface. Are they too deep for you? Well, try to find a shallow one!! 😁#greatbarrierreef
Intergalactic Squid I could follow the squid for many minutes looking at their behaviour, the constant change of patterns and colors, they are just amazing. Night dives are without a doubt the best time to observe them, because with day light it is common to see them swimming away. Reef squid, are members of the 10 arm cephalopods (decabrachia) with torpedo-shaped bodies (with the hood-like part above their heads called their mantle which contains their stomach, gills, ink sac, pen, reproductive organs, and digestive organs), two large complex eyes, 8 short arms near their mouths and 2 longer tentacles, tucked inside, armed with suckers to capture prey. Their fins extend nearly the entire length of their body and undulate rapidly as they swim. All 10 appendages of the squid are "fixed to its head", and are arranged in a circle around their mouths. #greatbarrierreef
The Australian sea lion, is a species of sea lion that is the only endemic pinniped in Australia. With a population estimated at around 14,730 animals, the Wildlife Conservation Act of Western Australia, has listed them as “in need of special protection”. Their Conservation status is listed as endangered. These beautiful creatures are specifically known for their abnormal breeding cycles, which are varied between 5 months breeding cycle and a 17-18 month aseasonal breeding cycle, compared to other pinnipeds which fit into a 12-month reproductive cycle. Females are either silver or fawn with a cream underbelly and males are dark chocolate brown with a yellow mane and are bigger than the females. I had such a fantastic time snorkeling with them in Jurien Bay. In my opinion is a must do in Western Australia even if you are not a diver. You wont find much information about this tour on the internet, there are only 2 small local companies who will take you there. Is only 2 hours driving from Perth, so if anyone is going to WA for holidays, this activity should be your first stop. A lot of fun, not expensive at all, and real, natural, and wild interaction. Highly recommended. #australiansealion