A warm welcome to our newest team member…

This week WetRez Cameras had a new photographer join our fantastic team! We are very pleased to have Shane on board and would like to wish him a warm welcome ūüôā

The wind hasn’t been too kind this week however the underwater world is still as lovely as ever and Shane has settled right in to capturing beautiful photos of the marine life on the Great Barrier Reef…

Epaulette Shark, WetRez Cameras

The Epaulette Shark is nocturnal so isn’t often seen quite as active as this one was during an afternoon at Michaelmas Cay. The¬†common name¬†of this shark comes from the very large, white-margined black spot behind each¬†pectoral fin, which are reminiscent of military¬†epaulettes.

Epaulette sharks are found in shallow water to a maximum depth of 50m , and are often seen in water barely deep enough to cover their bodies. They prefer tidal pools, coral flats, and stands of stag-horn coral.

Yellow and Blueback Fusiliers, WetRez Cameras

These pretty yellow and blueback fusiliers are often seen all along the Great Barrier Reef and give us some wonderfully coloured photos!

Parrotfish, WetRez Cameras

Parrotfish are another regular sighting at Michaelmas Cay Рthey are so named due to their parrot-like beaks which is used to grind up the coral and coralline algae the fish ingest during feeding.Their feeding activity is important for the production and distribution of coral sands in the reef biome, and can prevent algae from choking coral.

Prior to going to sleep, some species extrude mucus from their mouths, forming a protective cocoon that envelops the fish, presumably hiding its scent from potential predators. This mucous envelope may also act as an early warning system, allowing the parrotfish to flee when it detects predators such as moray eels disturbing the protective membrane. The skin itself is covered in another mucous substance which may have antioxidant properties helpful in repairing bodily damage, or repelling parasites, in addition to providing protection from UV light.

Green Sea Turtle, WetRez Cameras

The green sea turtle has to be on everyone’s list of things to see when visiting the Great Barrier Reef!

Green sea turtles move across three habitat types, depending on their life stage. They lay eggs on beaches. Mature turtles spend most of their time in shallow, coastal waters with lush seagrass beds. Adults frequent inshore bays, lagoons and shoals with lush seagrass meadows. Entire generations often migrate between one pair of feeding and nesting areas.

Green Sea Turtle, WetRez Cameras

All photos taken by our newest photographer – Shane Morgan.

 

One Response to “A warm welcome to our newest team member…”

  1. he’s pretty damn good actually!!!


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