Question archive

  • Sea anemone (Sphenopus marsupialis). Photographed by Kylie Ann Burchell.Zoanthid

    July 2012

    I was hoping you can help identify this creature. I photographed it on the beach just south of the border (Kingscliff), it was about 4 inches long and felt rubbery like a sea sponge. Posting the picture to Facebook caused some odd reactions!
  • Juvenile Diamond Trevally photographed in Cairns Marina by David and Brenda O'Brien.Glowing Fish

    June 2012

    These very unusual young fish appeared beside our boat in Cairns Marina. Can you please tell us what they are?
  • Whale breach with barnacles on the skin. Top right:  Barnacles on the front fin. Bottom right:  Lice on the whale body. Credit: Shona MarksTiny Hitchhikers

    May 2012

    What are the lumps on the humpback whales skin in the Whale Mall?
  • The Identification of Stone Artefacts in Australia

    April 2012

    The Identification of Stone Artefacts in Australia
  • Beach Beasties

    March 2012

    Some amazing tiny animals live in beach sand
  • Flight of Fancy

    February 2012

    How do I find out if the bird in my backyard is a native or not?
  • Shell Squatters

    January 2012

    Do hermit crabs make their own shell or steal them?
  • Web of Mystery

    December 2011

    Most people are familiar with spider webs, but a web covering most of a paddock still seems rather odd. What could have caused it?
  • Giant Tadpoles

    November 2011

    How can the tadpoles of native frogs be distinguished from introduced Cane Toads?
  • Caterpillars and Ants helping each other

    October 2011

    The caterpillars of Common Tit Butterflies are protected by Green Tree Ants
  • Cuckoo in the nest

    September 2011

    Channel-billed Cuckoos are a ‘brood parasite’, which means they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds
  • It’s raining fleas!

    August 2011

    Small flea-like creatures turn up after rain.
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