The Captain’s Log

Derwent Hunter Whitsundays nudibranch reef sighting

Sailing and exploring the reef during coral spawning season

Amazing reef sightings this week

You never know what’s lurking below in the magical waters of the fringing reefs around the Whitsunday Islands. Eco crew Fi & Amy have been out exploring our sites this week and came across some unusual sights: a brightly coloured nudibranch & a large baler shell on a giant clam.

All sightings have been logged through the Sightings App for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Nudibranchs are shell-less molluscs of fantastic colours and derive their colours from the food they eat, which helps with camouflage. We think this guy is not trying very hard on the ‘camouflage’ front today…

Derwent Hunter Whitsundays nudibranch reef sighting

Derwent Hunter Whitsundays nudibranch reef sighting

The baler shell is to the right of the giant clam. Balers were commonly used by Aboriginal seafaring people to bail out their canoes, hence the (slightly misspelled) name. The snail itself has beautiful patterns on its ‘foot’ which somewhat resemble Aboriginal artwork.

 

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Coral spawning

It’s quite possible that the coral will spawn over the next couple of days. It usually happens a few days after a full moon in November or December, when the water reaches a certain temperature, and weight now conditions are just about right.

Keep an eye out!

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Team turtle for the win!

How fitting that we were chosen to host ‘Team Turtle’ this week, a group of VIP travel agents attending the ATEC summit. Their mission was to get the best photo with their mascot, a turtle of course, competing against other teams on other boats.

We think they nailed it, do you?

Derwent Hunter turtle ATEC summit 2017

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Wonderful snorkelling and happy sailors

Passengers have had a great couple of weeks, with lovely days of snorkelling and some decent wind for a comfortable sail.

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