great and small make up part of the rich tapestry of marine life
represented here in pictures from Woolahra SS.
Pt PS Qld
With over 4,000
species of fish Australia is truly a mega diverse nation and we
should all learn about our local animals and plants as these students
from Victoria Pt in Qld have done.
along sandy beaches and in the surfare represented here in the drawings
from Umina PS in NSW.
Some of our
sandy coasts have the highest levels of biodiversity anywhere on
the planet - scientists have discovered in some sands over 800 species
in less than 10 square metres.
In the cooler
waters of southern Australia a wide variety of animals live in the
waters of Port Phillip Bay. Tootgarook PS students have been investigating
what lives on the bottom of the Bay, such as crabs and seastars,
as well as finding out what lives in the water such as squid, fish
were a number of birds such as the gannet that dive in the sea to
obtain their food.
A 3D perspective
from Sylvania PS
Grades 5 and 6 students shows us both the diversity of life in a
bay in NSW and the different parts of the bayin which they might
at Millaroo have shown us how animals and plants in the sea need
homes too, and they find these homes in the special places where
there needs for food and shelter are provided - their habitat.
Gardens PS NSW
Life in the
sea involves creatures large and small. The larger animal in the
drawings form Manning Gardens are important as they provide food
for some of the larger ones, including the humpback whales seen
near the waters surface.
plants need a habitat to
survive in. The seahorses found in this illustration depend on suitable
plants for their survival. Australia has more than half of the worlds
species of seahorses and their relatives.
In the warm
tropical waters near Goondi, North Queensland animals and plants
make their homes around the rich mudflats and seagrass areas.
locally include the dugong, an animal that is highly threatened
in the rest of the world, and that has its greatest chance for survival
in Australia's waters.
Vale PS WA
PS in Western Australia have also investigated their extensive seagrass
and other marine plant communities.
fish, the leafy seadragon found in this illustrataion, is unique
in the world to southern and western Australia.