Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Port Jackson Sharks

This strange form is the egg case from the Port Jackson Shark.
It forms this twisted spiraling shape once dried.
The juvenile shark escapes from the far end, leaving an opening in the top

I found a number of them on Blenheim Beach (Marine Bay), located near Jarvis Bay area within the marine park.
Pictured with the fine white sand as a backdrop below

The area is located just south of Nowra on the south coast of NSW, Australia.
A map of the surrounds, and the area visited shown here.

The beach has a small creek running to it, with temperate coastal rainforest at its fringes.

The Marine Park was established some time ago, as the area was recognized as a significant bio-diverse region warranting protection.

Along with the casings found, a number of sea slugs were found nearby amongst sea weed and a dragonfly nymph located in the fresh water of the creek within 25 meters of the surf.
While we enjoyed the surf, a pod of dolphins cruised close by.
A very pleasant and diverse place indeed.

1 comment:

  1. Hi David
    Nice to see your images again.
    Strange egg shells, those things. I never worked out how they "work".


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