Aquatic Zoology Kimberley fieldtrips 2009-2012

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A pink soft coral under waterA soft coral (Dendronephthya sp.) at Cassini Island, 2010.
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WA Museum's Crustacean Curator, Andrew Hosie inspecting the reef at Cassini IslandWA Museum's Crustacean Curator, Andrew Hosie inspecting the reef during an intertidal survey at Cassini Island, 2010.
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A feather star attached to a gorgonian sea fan at Cassini IslandA feather star attached to a gorgonian sea fan at Cassini Island, 2010.
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A Moray eel emerging from reef from Cassini IslandA Moray eel (Gymnothorax) from Cassini Island, 2010.
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Members of the field team conducting an intertidal survey at Long ReefMembers of the field team conducting an intertidal survey at Long Reef, 2010.
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A Northern Baler shell depositing a large egg-case comprised of many capsules at Long ReefA Northern Baler shell (Melo amphora) depositing a large egg-case comprised of many capsules at Long Reef, 2010.
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Long ReefOne of the surveyed intertidal sites at Long Reef, 2010.
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 WA Museum`s Mollusc Technical Officer, Corey Whisson being interviewed while surveying an intertidal site at Long Reef WA Museum`s Mollusc Technical Officer, Corey Whisson being interviewed while surveying an intertidal site at Long Reef, 2010.
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An Orange spotted hermit crabAn Orange Spotted Hermit Crab (Dardanus megistos) recorded during an intertidal survey at Beagle Reef, 2011
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Western Clown AnemonefishWestern Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) near King and Conway Islands, 2011.
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A gorgonian sea fan attached to rockA gorgonian sea fan attached to rock at Brue Reef, 2011.
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An intertidal reef survey at Champagney IslandsAn intertidal reef survey at Champagney Islands, 2011.
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A giant clam amongst hard corals and spongesA giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) amongst hard corals and sponges at Brue Reef, 2011.
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WA Museum`s Marine Invertebrate Technical Officer, Oliver Gomez recording sponge species along a transect line at Mavis ReefWA Museum`s Marine Invertebrate Technical Officer, Oliver Gomez recording sponge species along a transect line at Mavis Reef, 2011.
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A saltwater crocodile swimming in the oceanA dive survey had to be postponed after a visit from a local near Colbert Island, 2012
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WA Museum`s Research Scientist, Dr Monika Bryce recording a large Barrel spongeWA Museum`s Research Scientist, Dr Monika Bryce recording a large Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) at Echuca Shoals, 2012.
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A Giant Moray Eel at Heritage ReefA Giant Moray Eel (Gymnothorax javanicus) at Heritage Reef, 2012
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Fieldwork team members ascending from a dive survey at Echuca ShoalsFieldwork team members ascending from a dive survey at Echuca Shoals, 2012.
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A sea star recorded during an intertidal survey at Browse IslandA sea star (Linckia laevigata) recorded during an intertidal survey at Browse Island, 2012
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Western Australian Museum Aquatic Zoology scientists and colleagues from partner agencies (Queensland Museum, Museum Victoria, Herbarium of Western Australia and Curtin University) are setting off on another exciting fieldtrip to the Kimberley and possibly as far north as Ashmore Reef, dependent on the weather. The project has been running since 2008 and this is the second last year of fieldwork. The scientists are documenting the marine biodiversity of the Kimberley, one of the most understudied marine regions of Western Australia. The project is known as ‘Woodside Collection Project (Kimberley) 2008-2015’ and is sponsored by Woodside Energy. As we wait to hear of their latest discoveries, here are some images from previous fieldwork (2009 – 2012).

If you would like further information about previous WA Museum/Woodside Kimberley fieldtrips please visit our website:

http://museum.wa.gov.au/kimberley/marine-life-kimberley-region