Local Auz marine life aquarium club collecting pics.

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  1. pkc

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    These pics are from the south east Queensland aquarium society field trips, just a few of the thousands of aandtscoiety pics we take when we are either on our low tide walks, free diving, spearing our dinner or just looking around on scuba.
    There a couple of pics of some species collected as to how their lives are going in the aquariums as well.

    This winter ocean temps are failing again, its far to warm again so good and bad changes are making things even more weird out there.
    There are some improvements though; the grey nurse sharks are like flies now because of the green zones putting more food on their table.
    At one particular site in all the time i was going there from the late 70s till 5 years back, there were never any grey nurse there, now there are over twenty in that spot and the other boats report that they are every where!

    The vis of late has been bad, the first pic is one of our fav rock pools to look around in is as good as it has been for months.
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    This is that rock pool.
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    One of our guys having a look on tank.
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    Our part of the ocean is well and truly having problems for the more delicate corals, the amount of dead sps is around 70 percent at several sites from lack of light and salinity variations.

    Though the sps are in a bad way around here there are a lot of the ones featured being possibly fungia, in the hundreds and hundreds.
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    In the tank two months later,it has grown from a ten cent piece size to now worth twenty cents.
    It's funny to watch it change its fleshes shape and sort of walk.
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    To many thor amboinensis to count that we see regularly.
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    At home over a month later.
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    A one inch imperator collected.
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    This is it in this fish only” mostly” tank for just over a month now, very healthy and no one bothers it.
    There are a lot of mermaids tail coralline algae, caulerpa, sponges, lps and sps in there as well.
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    One of the many lovely coloured goni that we see.
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    One of the millions of colourful acans seen on most rips.
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    A personal fav clam I would take look at once in a while for nearly half my life now; I have never taken any one to where this one is.
    As you can see it is old beggar and a whopper!
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    Some of our guys wanted some latezonatus clowns.
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    That’s it for this time, I hope this has been of interest to some.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    That looks awesome! You guys are so lucky!
     
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    My pleasure and yes we are lucky that we get a convergence of tropical currents and temperate currents all in one area at varying times to disperse one hell of a mixture of life to have a go at living here.

    Natural predation accounts for 99.9 percent of all of them by well regarded stats and I agree with that from what we see, but that still leaves billions of lovely life forms coming out of the plankton in our area.
     
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    You are fortunate to live there..
    One thing I do not understand... You say there is thousands of dead sps because of a lack of light and salinity....
    Why lack of light if they originally did grow there and flourished?
     
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    Fantastic, thanks for sharing. I love what you guys call a rock pool
     
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    We have had massive rain events for three years in a row now.
    From 4 to 600 millimetres at a time in one day usualy, the sediment and subsequent salinity variations are nocking them over at a massive rate.
    We have lost billions and billions of other life forms as well to this.

    Sites that had regular 20 to 30 meter vis have been under 10 metres for 3 years now!

    There is more but it’s late, work tomorrow.
     
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    Sad to hear.... Damn climate change I suppose..
     
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    You are 1000 percent correct!

    The big ones that worry me for the others in the future, is that in the last century our infestation wiped out a third of the planets "everything" controlling phytoplankton and subsequently, along with deforestation, a third of our oxygen is now gone and can not be replaced or renewed in any way and it is receding each year.
    Then the oceans acidity is rising and that's just plan cruel for us to be doing that.

    The future for those coming later is looking bleak to say the least!
     
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