Invertebrates of Dolomite Narrows
The passengers on the schooner Passing Cloud were treated to a close-up view of some of the invertebrates of Dolomite Narrows (click here for a map of the location). First Mate Liam went snorkeling, and brought up specimens, which were put into a bucket on the zodiac.
Tansy got up close to a purple slimy Sea Cumber…
…was interested to see a Purple-hinged Scallop that might have been 75 years old, the blue and the orange Bat Stars, and a Moon Snail.
She was amazed by spectacular Moon Snail Egg Mass, and found the variation in the shapes and colours of sea stars fascinating.
Once back in the Hitty cupboard, Tansy was keen to tell her sisters about the delightfully interesting Sea Stars. She studied the field guide so she could point out the ones she recognised.
She doesn’t remember seeing Cookie stars, or Arctic Cookie Stars…
…but she she felt it was important to encourage a love of wildlife, and did her best to provide a true-life Sea Star cooky experience for her eager audience.
Opal and Agathe were very appreciative, though Tansy had the feeling she was “preaching to the already converted”.