THE GOOD STUFF
Here at EcoMarines, we think it's really important to not just talk about the doom and gloom - and help share the good stuff, so that you can share it with others. The more people learn and talk about how special animals and our environment are - the better!
SOME FUN FACTS AND INTERESTING INFO ON MORETON BAY...
Jellyfish don't have a brain.
Dolphins have names for each other.
Pelicans can fly 3km's high in the sky.
Sharks don't have a single bone in their body.
Moreton Bay is such a special place, and being so close to Brisbane, it is very important that everyone helps to look after it!
Why is Moreton Bay such a special place?
It is only 14 kilometres from Brisbane city.
It contains many environmentally significant habitats.
There are 360 islands in total.
It is home to 2 344 plant species, including eight species of mangrove and seven species of seagrass as well as:
Over 120 species of coral
84 mammal species
398 bird species
97 reptile and 37 amphibian species
over 1000 species of fish
nine whale species
There are two species of dolphins that inhabit the area, but up to eight species visit.
Six of the seven marine turtle species can be found in Moreton Bay!
Moreton Bay is the most significant habitat for loggerhead turtles in Australia and the site of the largest herd of dugongs ever recorded. It is home to 25% of ALL Australian bird species.
If that doesn’t impress you, would you believe the Moreton Bay Marine Park is 3400 square kilometres in area and Australia is 7,700,000 square kilometres?
Think about this for a moment…Moreton Bay Marine Park is only 0.0004% of all the land area of Australia, yet look at the diversity of species it contains.
Here are some of them: Dolphins (approximately 600), Turtles (2000 loggerhead and over 10 000 green sea) Dugongs (800-900), Whales (Over 33000 - migratory), Seahorses (live in seagrass), Clownfish (Nemo), Blue Tang (Dory), Starfish, Sea cucumbers, Surgeonfish, Bream, Wobbegong sharks, Jellyfish, Moray eel, Guitarfish and even Manta rays!
Nothing kills the cleaning wrasse fish.
Parrot fish poo sand.
An octopus can change it's colour.
A whale can swim for 3 months without eating.
SPOTLIGHT: CURLEW SANDPIPER
Seabirds migrate to Queensland’s wetlands every year along routes called ‘flyways’.
There are eight of these ‘paths’ connecting wetlands all across the world so birds can rest and feed along their journey. More than 40,000 shorebirds migrate to Moreton Bay via flyways every year!
One species of migrating bird is the Curlew Sandpiper. These are different to the curlews that we see in our suburbs. They are small birds that migrate between Australia and Siberia. Imagine that!
Each trip is 13,000 Km’s one-way. Over their lifetime, each curlew will fly the distance between the Earth and the moon! That is a long way for such a small bird.
SPOTLIGHT: STINGRAY HOLES OR RAY PITS
The seagrass beds in the shallow protected waters are a special place for stingrays. This is where they have their babies.
Stingrays lay eggs that remain in their bodies and then hatch INSIDE their bodies. When a stingray gives birth, the mother shuffles around and makes a pit in the sand. She will have 2-6 babies and when they are born, they look like little tacos!
Stingrays (like sharks) also have no bones in their bodies. Their skeleton is made of flexible cartilage.