Moorish Idol

The only species in its family, the Moorish idol is a common inhabitant of WA’s reefs. These approachable fish are often seen in small groups swimming above the reef where they feed upon sponges and other soft bodied animals.

Did you know?

These fishes feel shy to eat infront of other creatures.

Mandarin Fish

This fish’s amazing pattern was said to be as stunning as the robes of a Chinese Emperor; and its scientific name means “splendid”.

Did you know?

The Mandarinfish is one of only two vertebrate species known to have blue colouring because of cellular pigment. Making it unique!

Giant Clam

The giant clam gets only one chance to find a nice home. Once it fastens itself to a spot on a reef, there it sits for the rest of its life. These bottom-dwelling behemoths are the largest mollusc on Earth, capable of reaching 1.5 meters in length and weighing more than 260kg.

There are rows of light and pressure sensitive spots along the edge of a clam that quickly trigger it to close, however their muscles aren’t fast enough to take a swimmer by surprise.

 

Did you know?

Clown anemonefish rapidly ‘clack’ their jaws together to create a knocking sound that warns intruders and attracts mates. They can clack quickly too – 5 times per second!

Clown Anemonefish

Anemonefish perform an elaborate dance with an anemone before taking up residence, gently touching its tentacles with different parts of their bodies until they are acclimated to their host. A layer of mucus on the clownfish’s skin makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone’s lethal sting. In exchange for safety from predators and food scraps, the clownfish drives off intruders and preens its host, removing parasites.

Surprisingly, all clownfish are born male. They have the ability to switch their sex, but will do so only to become the dominant female of a group. The change is irreversible.

 

27° 42' 40.8456'' S, 114° 9' 52.8768'' E

Far North

The coastal landscapes of the Far North Coast are as ancient as the Earth itself and range from the muddy mangrove flats of Kununurra, to the white beaches of the Rowley Shoals.

In this region of extremes the desolation of the desert borders the bustling underwater world of coral reefs and the warmth of the clear water, which makes it so inviting, also increases the potency of poisons carried by marine creatures for defence.

Adding to the hidden dangers of this ancient landscape are crocodiles, descendants of dinosaurs that have remained unchanged for millions of years.