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A late afternoon trip netted a few feeder shrimp for someones pinneapple fish and some lion fish keepers have benefited as well.

There were no sea horses or pipe fish this time as the freshwater flush from the intense rains have wiped them out as it has with some other species as well.

There were just boxing shrimp and peppermints this time.

The sea horses from the last time that were seen were quite young and would have died fast as the larger ones can handle the abrupt salinity changes a little better.

Oh well, that’s nature for you, we see far worse out there than that, we will have a look at the corals tomorrow as we look around for some sponges and algae and that will be most likely very sad.

Friday was a nice late arvo trip though.

The first pic is the spot for the shrimp and the second is the shrimp that were collected.





Saturday the 25th hunt for some sponges and algae and look around at the corals and other life on the trip.

It wasn’t the best of days on Anzac day arvo as the breeze was at around 20 knots from the north and that makes the low tide a little higher than it should be.
Amongst the corals area there are quite a few forms of sponges and algae to get for the aquariums.

There were heaps of carpet anemonies but the water was to dirty to get any clear pics of them and there were no anemone shrimp in them as the rains have wiped them out.

The pics are of some xenias,zooanthids,some new season brain corals, pink sponge(very good in an aquarium)some coralline algae,a small polyp coral (the water was to dirty to go a little deeper to see what stag horns and plate corals survived the rains)and there were a lot of sting rays to avoid.

A couple of good trips as usual all that was wanted was gotten and we had the marine parks down there at the same type carrying out some tests on the sea grass areas and they had a laugh when they were asked if they were there to measure the mud.

They are down there from time to time to keep track of the sea grasses and other life forms and their progress in relation to pollution.
I pointed out a spot to them that used to have around two house block sized areas of stag horn arcoporas corals alive there.

There are just masses of dead tips poking out of the mud now; under the mud when you dig it away the corals are still perfect, just dead, give it time nature will break them down.

There used to be angels, chaetodons and banded shrimp in them in the past, times change.
































This plate was a youngster back when we first saw it as a liitle plate,its not a great looking one but it has been there since i started looking around there so it is a little special.



This patch of old gonie was alive when we first started looking around here,near on thirty years ago,its been dead as you can see for quite a long time now,at least 20 years,they have improved the bay health a little and dropped it some as well,so these more exposed gonies will never come back again.





 
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