Lizard Island corals

Lizard Island corals

The Lizard Island Field Guide lists over 150 of the 600 species of coral found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. To view them, begin at Corals and Similar Animals and click on the photos until you come to the end of each thread.  It is the next best thing to...
Death by bleaching

Death by bleaching

Sea temperatures around Lizard Island and elsewhere in the northern sector of the Great Barrier Reef were one or two degrees above normal for several weeks in March 2016, but started to cool off in April.   See BOM Anomaly Forecast. Coral tolerates short-term...
Losing Nemo

Losing Nemo

This photo essay was created by Professor Justin Marshall,  Chief Investigator and Project Leader at CoralWatch. It provides a few graphic glimpses of how coral bleaching is affecting reef ecology. Nemo is an Eastern Clown Anemonefish Amphiprion percula. This is his...
Curious cuttlefish

Curious cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are found throughout the world’s oceans. The most common around Lizard Island are Broadclub Cuttlefish Sepia latimanus. These cephalopods are one of the most intelligent invertebrates, grasping new concepts quickly, especially when adapting to...
Lizard Island and the year that was 2014

Lizard Island and the year that was 2014

Life and science at the Lizard Island Research Station in 2014. Every April, the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station publishes a report on the previous year’s research and scientific publications. Even though 2014 was a year of massive disruption...
Life on the Reef

Life on the Reef

The ABC’s Life On The Reef series depicted the vast scale, beauty and importance of the Great Barrier Reef, showing many fascinating aspects that tourists seldom see or hear about. You can buy the DVD. Each episode runs for almost an hour.  If you don’t have...