Reef Explorers Down Under

CITIZEN SCIENCE ON THE GREAT SOUTHERN REEF

Reef Explorers Down Under. Our mission is to inspire people to gain a better understanding of the marine environment of the Great Southern Reef, the coastline that envelops the southern coast of Australia from Brisbane to Kalbarri. We aim to do this by developing and managing projects in which citizen scientists (that could be you!) engage with professional scientists on the ground, and underwater, to share skills and knowledge and to collect and analyse valuable scientific information.

 

WE ARE CREATING A PLACE TO SHARE, RESEARCH, ExplORE & CELEBRATE OUR GREAT SOUTHERN REEF.

Our mission is to inspire people to gain a better understanding of the marine environment of the Great Southern Reef, the coastline that envelops the southern coast of Australia from Brisbane to Kalbarri. We aim to do this by developing and managing projects in which citizen scientists (that could be you!) engage with professional scientists on the ground, and underwater, to share skills and knowledge and to collect and analyse valuable scientific information.

SO FAR WE HAVE...

YOU, TOO CAN SIGN UP to be a part of the SCIENTIFIC SURVEY.

Australia‚Äôs Great Southern Reef (GSR) spans the coastlines of NSW, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and half of Western Australia. It is the coastal home for most Australians, worth more than $10 billion per year, yet it is critically under-studied. The GSR Program allows citizen scientists to work alongside marine scientists, to raise awareness and improve our understanding of the GSR. Everyone can help by spending a few minutes to do our Safeguarding the Reef Survey. If you're interested in finding our more, dive in! 

 

AMAZING Red & brown algal garden

This photo was taken on a dive at Shark Point, Clovelly. Clovelly is one of our research spots and is home to blue groper, giant cuttlefish, soft corals and even humpback whales as they pass by each year on their migration.

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Weedy seadragon courtship

Phyllopteryx taeniolatus

This rare moment was captured in Kurnell, the courtship dance of the Weedy is one of the most elegant courtship rituals in the animal kingdom, watch a video here.

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BEAUTIFUL SWAYING HEALTHY KELP

Ecklonia radiata

Kelp is the foundation of our Great Southern Reef. It converts sunlight into food which primes the food webs of our ocean. Healthy kelp means healthy marine life - and healthy humans!

THE BOSS! GIANT CUTTLEFISH IN THE KELP

Sepia apama

These fantastic cephalopods are keen dwellers in the Kelp forests of the temperate Great Southern Reef. This one was photographed at Shark Point, Clovelly NSW.

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IS THAT A FISH? REALLY?!

Cristiceps aurantiacus

This yellow crested weedfish lives in Australia's southern waters. It does its best to look like a piece of kelp - including moving like one. This one was drifting back and forth in the surge at North Bondi.

 

Citizen science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the public. Anyone can be a citizen scientist - all you need is curiosity and time. The Great Southern Reef program has many opportunities for citizen scientists to make a real difference - read about our projects to find out more.

Spotlight on Weedy seadragons. Phyllopteryx taeniolatus are a protected species endemic to southern Australia. Anecdotal evidence points to a rapid decline in this charismatic species, yet there is insufficient data available to secure funding for a conservation and management plan. A citizen science project is currently being developed between the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and Underwater Research Group (URG) dive club to monitor and gather information on this important species.