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Article in today's Age about the research station on Heron Island.

The research team there are part of a project examining the biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef in WA. They've just release some initial results which include the discovery of hundreds of new species.

Article here. Multimedia content (video and slideshows) here, which do a very nice job of showing off Heron Island.



When I was in Primary School, I wanted to be a marine biologist. My mother actually told a story last weekend, about how I came home from the library with a book on marine biology and read it within a few hours. He didn't really read it, she thought. He just looked at the pictures. So she quizzed me on it, and I answered every question.

Somewhere along the way I chose robots over reefs, and ended up in IT. It's not that I regret my choice. But I've been thinking about it a lot, ever since we got back from Heron Island.

Guess I'll just have to be an enthusiastic amatuer.

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Right. We're back.

In case you missed it, A. and i spent the last week or so up on Heron Island.

We patted an epaulette shark. A. fell in love with christmas tree worms. I snorkelled with sharks, and learnt how to scuba dive. On my first ever dive, I saw a manta ray feeding. We flew in a helicopter, found turtles mating, and saw a humpback whale breeching.

I even have a travel story that fits my theory of travel stories*. It involves a tick, my privates, and an item from a computer toolkit.

We're back now, sunburnt, sleepy, and blissfully happy.

Photos soon. We'll be at Gulag tomorrow night, if you want to hear us blather about it all.


* "No one wants to hear your travel story about how you went to Africa, saw an elephant, and it was amazing. Everyone wants to hear your travel story about how you went to Africa, saw an elephant, and it almost killed you."

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