Alicia Ivory from Parks Victoria led 25 people, with an age-range of over 70 years, on a wonderful summer rock ramble.
She initially alerted us to dangers, especially Blue-ringed Octopus hiding under rock edges, which can be avoided by ensuring fingers are kept in view at all times.
She had us gather a few specimens of seaweed on the sand and talked about the differences.
Green, brown and red seaweeds have a holdfast to attach to rocks and other surfaces, and sea grass have roots.
We walked over the rock platform in a group, with the children leading the way.
We were careful to turn over as few rocks as possible, and turn them back afterwards so as to avoid disruption to the sea creatures.
Alicia often held up specimens for us all to see, or put them in a container of water before returning them to their habitat.
We saw many different types of shells, sea stars, crabs, chitons etc. and the very strange looking Elephant Snail.
At the end she handed out delightful Junior Ranger Marine Activities leaflets to all the children.
Ellinor Campbell (with many of the photos taken by Margaret Lacey)
Sat 9:30am - 2:30pm
Get to Know our Tracks
Sun 10:00am - 12:00pm
Friends of Aireys Inlet–rehabilitation working bee - Painkalac Valley
Mon 9:30am - 11:00am
Sun 9:30am - 11:00am
Friends of Allen Noble Sanctuary
Tue 9:30am - 11:00am
FEO - Environmental weeding