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Temperate Seashore

The seashores of the temperate parts of southern Australia and New Zealand...

rock platform, Rottnest Island, Australia

From the peaceful (above), to the violent (below).... 

explosion on White Island (image by Damon Ramsey)White Island, New Zealand

For the page on the plants of the Australasian temperate seashore

Phylum Cnidaria: corals, anemones, sea-jellies

(Wineglass Bay)

Physalia physalia, known as 'Blue Bottle' in Australia, New Zealand & South Africa, and 'Portuguese Man'o war' elsewhere. Blue bottles can still sting even when washed up dead on the beach.

 For the page on the birds of the Australasian temperate seashore 

(Yalgorap National Park, Western Australia)

Class Mammalia

Order Carnivora


Family Otariidae: the 'Eared Seals', including sea lions and fur seals

The Hookers Sea-Lion is the one on the right!

Places to experience the Australasian temperate seashore

There are many national parks and other areas to explore the temperate seashores around New Zealand and southern Australia, including Cape KidnappersFiordland, and Snares Islands, all in New Zealand. In Tasmania there is the stunning Wineglass Bay.

Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.