Marine Expert Richard Coward is a regular visitor to Queensland’s Fraser Island and loves sharing his knowledge about the marine eco systems with staff and guests alike. September 2011.
The team at Ocean Life Education love to visit Fraser Island every year. It’s one of the last yet most accessible natural paradises in the world and we talk to guests at Kingfisher Bay Resort about the many varied and wonderful marine creatures living in the waters surrounding Fraser Island.
Some of these animals are easily visible such as Whales, pelagic fish (often caught off Kingfisher’s jetty), sharks, turtles and I was even privileged to be greeted one afternoon on the jetty by a Dugong! While others are not as easily seen – by this I mean sand worms, ghost crabs, moon snails and other weird and wonderful creatures which live in the sand.
We conduct organised walks along the beach and dazzle guests with how many microscopic animals live in the sand and the roles these animals play in the marine ecosystem.
The team are happy to share knowledge with all visitors, young and not so young – and get a thrill when we delight them with valuable information about Fraser Island’s marine creatures, why they look the way they do, what their eating habits are, what their role is in their environment and thus why they are so important.
On my last visit I explained why some marine animals are dangerous such as Stone Fish and Stingrays; they have defence mechanisms against larger predators that may affect humans should they come into contact with them.
Others like Jellyfish, Cone Shell and Blue Ringed octopus are dangerous because of the size and strength of the food they like to eat, thus they are equipped with potent fast acting venom, so potent they will affect our nervous system and could cause death! I take great pains to explain that these animals do not mean to harm us, but if we enter their environment we need to be aware and know how to avoid making contact with them!
Always of major interest to guests at our talks is the comprehensive information and anecdote we provide about sharks. We show shark jaws from different species and each species eating habits are explained according to teeth and jaw structure.
Similar to the message on the big painting hanging in the main foyer at Kingfisher Bay Resort, Ocean Life Educations motto is; if they learn about it they’ll understand it, if they understand it they’ll love it, if they love it they’ll care for it!
Ocean Life are committed in reaching as many people to share just how wonderful the marine environment is, why it is important and why we need to protect it. We look forward to seeing you next visit.