"If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet" Rachel Wolchin
Howard has a cold today, as do many others.
Included below are pictures of the ship’s log showing our position, as we prepare to round the top of Australia.
Dr. Tyrone Ridgway gave a lecture detailing a few of the creatures on the Reef. Many of the world's most venomous and dangerous 'things' live there, so the prospect of snorkelling tomorrow is somewhat daunting, but I am still going!
Dr. Tyrone loves sharks and is very concerned about the growing demand for shark fin soup, by the Chinese!
There are 3000 reefs and 900 islands. I have posted photos taken from his presentation, with comments.
Typical view from our balcony on a sea day. One of the thousands of tropical islands in the Pacific.
Ship's log showing our course over the next couple weeks
Dr. Ridgway's son.
Manta ray - Up to 25' across
Manta shrimp. Has vision several times better than humans with a wider color spectrum capability.
Minke whale, gives birth around the reef and summer in Antarctic. Each has distinctive markings.
Humpback whale, making dramatic comeback. See chart
Coral releasing sperm and eggs, only a couple days a year.
Christmas Tree Worm
Box jellyfish or sea wasp. So venomous that contact with 2 metres of tentacle will kill you in 2 minutes.
Cleans algae on coral.
Surgeon Fisgard fish that cleans algae. Razor sharp fin
Parrot fish, eats coral and poops out 300 pounds of while sand per year. Source of much of ocean's non-quartz sand.
Sea turtles lay eggs over three or four years. Babies are at sea for 20 to 25 years, then come back to the same beach to lay their eggs.
Another reef cleaner
Clown fish (Nemo) in stinging anenomi
Sea Cucumber - Chinese are harvesting them to near extinction in some areas.
Lion fish, spines are very poisonous. This fish is invading the Carabbean!
Clam up to 8 feet across
Sea Snake, one of the most deadly snakes on earth!
The stone fish is the most poisonous fish in the sea and one of the most dangerous in the world.
Sea rasp or cleaner fish. Fish line up to be groomed by these little guys.
Blue octopus, highly venomous
Red crab, cleans parasites for other fish