Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day and for this event I intend to raise
awareness for our coastal environment.

Being a country with massive coastlines, and much coastal development,
these areas have come under increasing pressure.

Right to the shore in many cases.

As a child, some 30 or more years ago, I was fascinated by
the life that existed in the rockpools at the tidal edge.
Filled with creatures of all manner of shape and size, it provided an
environment for learning within usually limited areas
affording a good view at what was going on.

From that time, 30 years ago, I have watched a slow decline
due to pollutants and the action of people on the area.

Pollutants devastated the weed beds that are the basis of this platform of life
and from that came a wholesale reduction of the variety that once existed.

In recent times, a reduction of industrial pollutants has seen the weed beds return somewhat,though the variety of creatures is slower to recover due to people.

Recently I had to rescue a large red octopus from a group of youths with sticks.
Such is the uneducated disregard that is often shown.

New housing developments close to the area in Shellharbour called by locals "The Farm" will undoubtedly have similar effects to the neighbouring tidal communities, as did previous efforts such as the devastation of the mangrove areas at Minnamurra...once a place with a thriving oyster lease, it is my opinion you would be lucky to find anything more than sand flies, due to the removal of most of the mangrove swamp that played host to the breeding activities of many species.
It was still in good shape till the bypass was put in.....
.......through the middle of it.

Take a look at the few photos below, as there is a fire sale on...and everything must go.


  1. hi David,

    tidal rockpools, estuaries, mangrove forests and dune systems are special places.

    I have fond memories of exploring rock pools with my children on family camping holidays to the coast. It's a great place for learning and discovery.

    Your photos are excellent.


  2. Hi David

    Gaye from the Hunter, and I, have both joined in "Blog Action Day". Her post is heart-rendingly personal.
    Thanks for putting us onto this topic.


  3. Hi David,
    The sea slug looks like Aplysia juliana, an opisthobranch of the Aplysiidae family, commonly called sea hares.


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