Undersea

Catch a glimpse of life under the sea in our new photographic exhibition.

The exhibition showcases a selection of unique marine animals and habitats from coral reefs around tropical northern Australia.

Coral reefs are the most diverse and biologically complex marine ecosystems in the world.

While coral reefs are hugely popular as marine icons, we still know very little about what actually makes up these reef cities.

For the past three years, Queensland Museum scientists have been participating in the CReefs project, as part of the international Census of Marine Life program. The project has given Australian and international marine scientists the chance to contribute significantly to our knowledge of the plants and animals that live on our coral reefs.

This global network of researchers in more than 80 nations studied the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world’s oceans over a 10-year period.

Museum scientists are now working on the taxonomy of marine species from three reef sites in tropical Australia.

The photographs were taken as part of the CReefs Australia project led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, who have been studying coral reef biodiversity over the past three years.

Queensland Museum photographer Gary Cranitch travelled to Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, and Lizard and Heron Islands, on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, to capture these spectacular images.

Event Details

Dates
07 May 2011 - 05 June 2011
Location
Level 2

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