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  • Seals and Sea Lions

    Seals and sea lions are mammals that feed in the sea, surface for air and return to land to rest and breed. Because they spend so much time in the ocean both seals and sea lions have adaptations like streamlined bodies and flippers which make it easy for them to move in the water, but awkward for them to move on land. Seals and sea lions eat fish, squid, octopus and crustaceans like...

  • Fur Seals

    Over the past couple of years, the sighting of seals in the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park appears to be on the increase.  There are two types of fur seals found in New South Wales waters, the Australian fur seal and the New Zealand fur seal which are members of the family Otariidae (Fur seals and sea lions).  It is very difficult to tell the difference between the Australian fur seal ...

  • Know your approach zones

    2010 was an absolutely year amazing for whales and seals in NSW (in fact the whole east coast had a cracker!), we had visits from really uncommon Antarctic species such as crab-eater seals and leopard seals, we saw more Orca and Southern Right Whales than at any time in the past twenty years - and 2011 is expected to be even better! Most of the community share our love of these majestic ...

  • Other Marine Species

    Marine ecosystems are home to an extraordinary range of species, ranging from tiny plankton – which is the base of the marine food web - to large marine mammals like the whales. Like all ecosystems, this is a delicate web and if one species disappears or their numbers decline, catastrophic impacts can be experienced by other marine creatures in the food chain. Whale watching gives you th...

  • Sharks

    Sharks have struck fear into humans for centuries; however very few species pose any real threat. There are over 400 species of sharks worldwide. The largest species, which is also the largest of all fish, is the whale shark, which can reach up to 13 metres long. Most sharks feed on other fish but the larger species such as the great white shark also prey on large marine mammals lik...

  • Orcas

    Orcas or killer whales (Orcinus orca) are odontocetes and the largest species of dolphins. They are easily recognisable with their striking black and white or cream markings and extremely long, tapered dorsal fins. Adult male orcas can grow to over 9 metres long and weigh over 7.5 tonnes, while females can grow to 8 metres or longer and weigh up to 4 tonnes. Orcas have 10 to 12 pair...

  • Partners

    ORRCA The Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans (ORRCA) is the most experienced and successful whale rescue organisation in Australia. It is also involved with the protection and welfare of seals, sea lions, dolphins and dugongs. ORRCA is the only wildlife carers group in NSW licensed to be involved with marine mammal rescue, r...

  • Far South Coast

    Between the wild mountains and the ocean, a strip of national parks follow almost the entire length of NSW’s far south coast. These parks protect endangered flora and fauna whilst providing countless recreation opportunities. Further west the land climbs upwards towards the great alpine environment of Kosciuszko National Park, with its summer walks and winter snowfields. The region is al...

  • Other Whale Species

    Sperm whales Sperm whales, Physeter macrocephalus, are the largest of all odontocetes and among the deepest diving of all cetaceans - they are known to dive over 1000 metres and they can stay underwater for over an hour at a time. They are best known through the sperm whale character ‘Moby Dick’ in Herman Melville’s story of the same name. Sperm whales have a unique a...

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