Rainbow lorikeets are classed as true parrots and belong to a small group of parrots called Loriini. The birds in this group are small to medium sized and have the characteristic sharp curved beak of all parrots.
The giant trevally, as its name suggests is a large fish in the jack family which includes fish like the amber jack and rainbow runners. Most species in this family are large, strong, fast swimming predatory fish.
One of the best known and most loved groups of marine animals are the sea turtles. They are marine reptiles that have existed on the planet for more than 100 million years and can be found worldwide excluding the freezing waters of the polar regions.
The kookaburras are a group of birds in the kingfisher family. They are the largest of all the kingfishers and there are currently four species of kookaburra, and all are native to either Australia and/or New Guinea.
The name scorpion fish is perhaps the biggest indicator of what these fish are best known for, their sting. Scorpion fish are in the genus Scorpaena which is part of a family of fishes called Scorpaenidae which includes other highly venomous fish such as
The Queensland grouper or giant grouper is one of the largest ray finned bony fish in the ocean and takes the crown for the largest on coral reefs. They are part of the family Serranidae which includes cod, coral trout and the much smaller anthias.
Terns are seabirds which can be found worldwide. They belong to the family Laridae which includes other seabirds such as gulls, noddies and skimmers. Due to human impacts most species are now exhibiting population declines.
Even though this regal fish is called an emperor it is not actually part of the emperor family, Lethrinidae, it is actually a member of the Lutjanidae family also known as the snappers. The snapper family includes fish like the mangrove jack and red bass.
Nudibranchs are a family of soft bodied shell-less marine gastropods which are often referred to as sea slugs. However the image that is conjured by the word slug is definitely not an accurate representation of what most nudibranchs look like.
Acknowledgment to Country
In Australia, it is a mark of respect to consistently acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this Magnificent Land. As you explore the Whitsundays, you are treading upon ground that has been cherished and inhabited by the Gia, Giru, and Ngaro People for generations untold. We honor the Traditional Custodians of this land where we reside and operate, recognizing their enduring ties to the earth, water, and community. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
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