If you doubted that our waters are getting warmer the corals appearing in the reserve are getting bigger and abounding in the shallows. These hard corals are reef-builders. Give it a few years and you’ll not need to fly to Cairns for a trip to the reef – it’ll be on our doorstep.
The seasonal warming of the ocean lags the land temperature by 2-3 months so while the beach bakes in the sun, the water remains cooler, and as algae flourishes in the sun the visibility drops.
Venture into the depths and you’ll find colourful sponges, and beautiful fish from the large spotted wobbegong sharks to all the tiny juvenile fish now appearing in the bay, like the magpie morwong.