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SYDNEY SEA SLUG CENSUS 2020

Did you know sea slugs make very good indicators of climate change because they are highly visible, have short lives, and are (relatively) easy to identify? URG NSW together with the Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre is doing a yearly research of these highly colourful  animals so please join us this year! You can participate by scuba diving, snorkelling or browsing the many rock pools around Sydney.

REQUIREMENT
 

  • You must be a certified scuba diver to dive OR you can participate as a snorkeler or browsing the rock pools.

  • You need an underwater camera (or waterproof camera for snorkeler).

  • You can participate as an individual or as part of a dive team.

CENSUS GUIDELINE

 

  • Dive/snorkel site scope is Sydney; Geographic range from Port Hacking to Pittwater inclusive, with Bare Island as the main census site.
     

  • Take one photo of each species of sea slug you find in the 48 hour period from 12am on Sat 7th Nov until 11.59pm on Sun 8th Nov 2020 within the dive site scope above. You don’t need to identify the slugs, just take their photos!
     

  • Crop the photos around the sea slug so it is nice and clear. Shrink the images to around 640×480 pixels so they are nice and small.
     

  • Download this form, fill it in and email it together with your photos to sydneyseaslug@gmail.com by Sunday 15th Nov 2020 (emails should give the names of the dive team and dive sites)


SEE RESULTS FROM THE PREVIOUS SYDNEY SEA SLUG CENSUS

PRIZE

John Turnbull has again generously donated two copies of his book Underwater Sydney for the Best Nudie Spotter and Best Photo winners. 

You can also buy Underwater Sydney from CSIRO Publishing website.

ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE

URG has been asked to help find Okenia mellita by an overseas sea slug researcher. It has never been recorded during Sydney Sea Slug Census but there's rumour it was seen around Sydney in July. If you do encounter it, please take a note of its location and depth and let us know. 

Register now to participate in the Sydney Sea Slug Census 2020

My planned Sydney Sea Slug Census activities (you can choose more than one):

©2020 Underwater Research Group of NSW

All photos on this website, unless credited otherwise, are by John Turnbull

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