Two days before Christmas in 2020, I was going to watch the Australian Surf Movie Festival with a friend of mine. I was really looking forward to this evening, so I was extremely disappointed when three days before the screening, the organiser cancelled the showing due to a C-19 outbreak. I wanted to arrange plan B, but something came up for my friend, so I stayed without a plan for that day.
Cape Byron is the easternmost point of the mainland of Australia. It is approximately 3 kilometres northeast of the town of Byron Bay. For thousands of years, the Cape Byron headland has been a significant place for the Bundjalung people of Byron Bay (Cavanba). This place provided the local Aboriginal people with physical and spiritual resources.
This afternoon was one of those afternoons that the intensity and uniqueness made it unforgettable. It was a quiet warm summer afternoon, with a blue sky and gentle breeze. Out of nowhere, tiny weird-shaped clouds appeared over Bronte Beach. They looked like small tentacles hanging from the sky. From a previous experience, I knew something interesting was about to happen. I quicky grabbed my camera and hurried to the rocks. This took me around five minutes.
Dolphin Facts, Part 4.
Dolphins are capable of making a broad range of sounds using nasal air sacs located just below the blowhole. Roughly three categories of sounds can be identified: frequency modulated whistles, burst-pulsed sounds, and clicks. They communicate with whistle-like sounds produced by vibrating connective tissue, similar to the way human vocal cords function, and through burst-pulsed sounds, though the nature and extent of that ability is not known.
Dolphin Facts, Part 3.
The most well-known species of the family Delphinidae are the bottlenose dolphins, of which there are two species: the Indo-Pacific bottlenose (inshore bottlenose) and the common bottlenose (Tursiops Truncatus). Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins are very similar to common bottlenose dolphins in appearance. Common bottlenose dolphins have a reasonably strong body, moderate-length beak, and tall, curved dorsal fins.
Dolphin Facts, Part 2.
Dolphins can feel the slightest movement of currents around their bodies and being propelled along by a wave is a special thrill for them. Boats also push pressure waves ahead of them that are like ocean swells. These man-made waves are equally attractive to playing dolphins, which is why they have frolicked ahead of sailors for as long as boats have existed.
Dolphin Facts, Part 1.
There are 40 extant species named as dolphins. Dolphins range in size from the relatively small 1.7 meters long and 50-kilogram bodied Maui's dolphin to the 9.5 m and 10-tonne killer whale. Some dolphins can travel at speeds of 29 kilometers per hour and can sometimes leap about 30 feet. The killer whale, is the second-fastest marine mammal, reaching maximum speeds of 56 km/h.
It was another beautiful morning on board of a Dolphin Swim Australia vessel. We were halfway out of the bay heading to the open ocean when the sun reached the horizon. Our journey had one destination, finding our beloved common dolphins in the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park.
Bioluminescence is one of the most stunning natural light shows of our world. It is the production of light by a living organism when it is disturbed. It is a form of chemiluminescence. Bioluminescence occurs widely in marine vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as in some fungi. The most frequently encountered bioluminescent organisms are the dinoflagellates, like algae.
Angels of Tamarama
19th of March 2020, The memory of this day will stay with me forever. The whole world was in a panic mode, shaking in fear and uncertainty under the shadows of the dark clouds that the Coronavirus had brought over us. People on the street were looking at each other with suspicious eyes, keeping their distance…