We need your help in Parsley Bay, pretty please!

I am here asking for everyone's help with the habitat restoration component of the Blue World funded Valerie Taylor Prize project on "Marine Biodiversity of Southern Sydney Harbour". Our seahorse hotels have now been deployed for just over 10 months in Parsley Bay but we have not had the opportunity to dive and photograph them for at least 4 months. The four seahorse hotels were installed by Sealife Aquarium on March 23rd, 2023 in approximately 6 metres of water about 10-15 metres north of the swimming net, which is in the process of being replaced with a new one. The approximate location of the four seahorse hotels is flagged in the Google Earth image displayed above. Time permitting, I encourage everyone (anyone!) to get in for a dive in the month of February and report back with photographic evidence demonstrating that these structures remain in place after the new swimming net construction (which began January 22nd, 2024 and included the anchoring of barges to import construction materials), the state of marine growth and accretion on the seahorse hotels themselves, and whether any White's Seahorses are using this habitat as their new home.
This journal post was written by project leader and iNaturalist member, joseph_dibattista Dr Joseph DiBattista.
Posted on January 29, 2024 12:47 AM by joseph_dibattista joseph_dibattista


@joseph_dibattista I take it that you mean Parsley Bay (the Google Earth image seems to suggest that). I'll try to get in the water there in the next 2-3 weeks.

Posted by eschlogl 4 months ago

Yes @eschlogl excellent pick up, I've updated the journal post to reflect the fact that the four seahorse hotels are in Parsley Bay. I was supposed to come back in the third week of February for a dive but now I am unable to do so! Any photographic evidence of the structures themselves, and any seahorse living on them, would be ideal. Hopefully I can have a look myself in April. Thanks for your support.

Posted by joseph_dibattista 4 months ago

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