January on the Great Barrier Reef

It’s all been very quiet on the blog side of things recently as we have been so busy in store! The team at WetRez would like to welcome you back and we hope that everyone had a joyful and exciting Christmas and New Year!

Our photographers have also been very busy on the boats over the last couple of weeks, take a look below at what they have been shooting this month…

Over the last few weeks we have had a large number of Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia Aurita along our coast. They are found mostly in warm and tropical waters and are found in huge numbers. They are easily identified by the four moons in the middle. These are the reproductive organs. Females have pink moons and the males have white. They have short tentacles which are poisonous for small marine life but people are not affected.

Moon Jellyfish, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

Moon Jellyfish, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

We have recently seen a few Cuttlefish out on the Great Barrier Reef. They belong to a class of molluscs know as Cephalopods. They are characterised by tentacles, a parrot- like beak for feeding, and a well-developed head with large eyes. They are the most intelligent group of molluscs. Cuttlefish are known for the colour and skin texture changes which indicate their mood. Cuttlefish fish don’t have a very large lifespan. Usually only around 18 months due to the fact they have three hearts, which requires so much energy!

Cuttlefish, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

And of course we also had the Australia Day celebrations yesterday! We hope you are all enjoying a relaxing recovery today 🙂

Australia Day, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

Australia Day, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

Don’t forget to give our dive photographers a big wave when you see them on your next Reef trip!

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