October 10, 2021

Sea Slug Census #10 October 22-25

If you are able to get to the coast in late October, I would love to see your Slug Shots! Yep, Sea Slug Census #10 in running in Melbourne/Victoria. If you have never been involved a run down can be found here (https://vnpa.org.au/programs/sea-slug-census/)

Put simply, you spend as much time as you can over the four days looking for and photographing anything that looks like a sea slug and send your images into ReefWatch or post here (Also join and add your images to the Victorian Nudibranchs iNaturalist page https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/victorian-nudibranch). To date we have recorded over 190 species. I am excited to see if we can add several more.

It is also the weekend of the Great Southern Bioblitz so please document everything you see and get involved in a Bioblitz near you https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/projects/great-southern-bioblitz-2021-umbrella
(Tip-scroll down to map page and zoom in to your local area to see if a Bioblitz is planned for your region)

For more info on Sea Slug Census' across the country check in here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/721000354654850
For more information on Nudibranchs in Victoria check out here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/nudibranchsvictoria

Happy Slug hunting
Kade

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September 03, 2021

Molluscs of Port Phillip Bay

Quick shout out to @ben_travaglini who created this awesome resource covering a large number of molluscs that you find in Port Phillip Bay.

https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/guides/14346

If you are fortunate enough to have some coast within 5 km of your residence. I hope this guide inspires you to start fossicking for shells and share the images to help build Bens guide.

Hope to catch you near the brine soon.
Cheers,
Kade

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June 23, 2021

Sea Slug Census #9 July 2-5

We're Back! After a brief lockdown, ReefWatch and the VNPA are so excited to be running Sea Slug Census #9 in Melbourne/Victoria. If you have never been involved a run down can be found here (https://vnpa.org.au/programs/sea-slug-census/)

Put simply, you spend as much time as you can over the four days looking for and photographing anything that looks like a sea slug and send your images into ReefWatch or post here (Also join and add your images to the Victorian Nudibranchs iNaturalist page https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/victorian-nudibranch). To date we have recorded 184 species and found a few new species. I am excited to see if we can add several more.

For more info on Sea Slug Census' across the country check in here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/721000354654850
For more information on Nudibranchs in Victoria check out here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/nudibranchsvictoria

Happy Slug hunting
Kade

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April 16, 2021

11,000 Observations and counting

Thanks to you we have now identified 590 Victorian marine species to research grade. Of these, 474 have only been photographed 10 times or less and of these 229 have only been sighted/photographed once. Additionally, 189 species don't even have a common name!

We are starting to make inroads towards creating a photographic library of the incredible marine life in Victoria for so many people to benefit from. It has been fun watching the images roll in and, the support from the marine community has been outstanding.

Keep the images coming, I am looking forward to celebrating 22,000 Observations!

Cheers,

Kade Mills
ReefWatch Coordinator
https://vnpa.org.au/programs/reefwatch/

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February 10, 2021

Sea Slug Census #8 March 5-8

We're Back! After a hiatus in October, ReefWatch and the VNPA are so excited to be running another Sea Slug Census in Melbourne/Victoria. If you have never been involved a run down can be found here (https://vnpa.org.au/programs/sea-slug-census/)

Put simply, you spend as much time as you can over the four days looking for and photographing anything that looks like a sea slug and send your images into ReefWatch or post here (Also join and add your images to the Victorian Nudibranchs iNaturalist page https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/victorian-nudibranch). To date we have recorded 184 species and found a few new species. I am excited to see if we can add several more.

To make it a bit more fun this year, the gauntlet has been thrown down to Victorian "Sluggers" by "Sluggoes" in Lord Howe Island, Sunshine Coast, Nelson Bay, Exmouth and Vanuatu! Professor Steve Smith from Southern Cross University, one of the establishers of the Sea Slug Census has said that "The challenge will focus on most number of species found but also, to encourage searching in different habitats and hosts, the taxonomic spread of the species list."

For more info on Sea Slug Census' across the country check in here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/721000354654850
For more information on Nudibranchs in Victoria check out here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/nudibranchsvictoria

Happy Slug hunting
Kade

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October 08, 2020

Watch our Crabinar with Gary Poore

We had a crabulous time learning from Dr Gary Poore, Curator Emeritus at Museums Victoria. We also heard about the campaign to protect spider crabs in Port Phillip Bay when moulting.
Check it out here
https://vnpa.org.au/programs/nature-webinars/#past-crabinar-%E2%80%93-walking-sideways-through-life

Answers to some of the questions posed can be found here
https://vnpa.org.au/talkingcrab/

See you in the water soon.

Cheers,
Kade

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September 03, 2020

Crabinar: Walking sideways through life

First of all thanks for joining the Marine Life of Victoria project.
The idea behind the project is to provide a place for people who enjoy the coast, above and below water to share images, knowledge and connect with other like minded folk.

This is just a quick note to inform you of an upcoming 'Crabinar' (Wednesday 9 September 6:00 - 7:30) I will be hosting focusing on spider crabs, crab identification and how iNaturalist can be used to help us earn more. You are already across the last part, but, will enjoy the other bits especially because it will be featuring Dr Gary Poore, Curator Emeritus at Museums Victoria guiding us through how to identify spider crabs and their relatives.

You will also find out about the campaign to protect spider crabs in Port Phillip.

Hope to "see" some of you there!
Cheers,
Kade

Register at

https://vnpa.org.au/programs/nature-webinars/#crabinar-%E2%80%93-walking-sideways-through-life

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