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Reef Watch Victoria

Reef Watch Victoria is a not-for-profit project that encourages you as divers and snorkellers to check on marine life at your favourite dive sites

Through Reef Watch, you will be able to encourage better policies and actions to protect Victoria's marine Environment.

Photo courtesy of Paul Baumann

To register online to become a Reef Watcher, click here

For further details: email us at

Photos used on this website have been generously donated by: Dr. Mark Norman, William Boyle, Mary Malloy, Paul Baumann and reefwatch members.
These photographs remain copyright of the photographers.

Mystery Creature No. 26

Answer: You were looking at the underneath side of a juvenile Tasselled Anglerfish. This species is endemic to Australia's southern waters and can be found on kelp-covered rocky reefs. The fish's fleshy tentacles can make this marine animal very hard to see, especially when hiding amongst sponges and algae. Photo: Glenys Greenwood

Mystery Creature No. 27

Clue: Eggs, algae, airsacs or parasites. Photo: Kim Wright.

You can find the answer to this one (and many more)by clicking here. Mystery Creatures

Protecting Marine Habitat: a handbook for Victorian waters

This handbook provides a detailed and colourful guide to the natural features of each of Victoria's marine habitats. A variety of reefs are highlighted including, subtidal rocky reefs, soft bottoms & sandy flats, seagrass meadows, the rocky intertidal zone and mangroves & saltmarshes. Information is also given about what we can all do to minimise the threats and ensure they are protected and sustained for future generations. It's available on the VNPA website here. Hard copies are also available on request.

Featured Species: The Common Seadragon

Photo: Jane Bowman, Ocean Divers.

The Common Seadragon (Scientific name: Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) represents a unique and fascinating example of the marine life endemic to Australia's southern waters and has been Victoria's official state marine faunal emblem since 2002.

While currently classified as 'Near Threatened' on the IUCN Red List, more knowledge regarding the species' population trends and areas of occupancy would likely result in a classification of 'Vulnerable' or 'Endangered', exhibiting the importance of collecting more data on this animal.


Great Victorian Fish Count

Follow this link for more information, which will also be further updated soon.

In addition, you can download a general information leafet in .pdf format here

Nature Notes

Reef Watch joins Atlas of Living Australia

A new home for images and footage collected by Reef Watch volunteers can be found at the new citizen science website 'Bowerbird '

Photo: John Gaskell

Images of territorial Blue Devil fish, spider crab aggregations or introduced marine species can all be uploaded to the Bowerbird Reef Watch projects, once verified they can then be integrated with national and international databases for use by other volunteers, scientists and natural resource managers.

Sponge Marine Field Guide

Authors Lisa Goudie, Mark Norman and Julian Finn have produced this guide that introduces naturalists, divers and biologists to sponge species commonly encountered in southern Australia - their identification, biology, defences and association with other animals.

Stunning colour photographs accompany species descriptions and line-art is used to illustrate the internal structures of difference sponge groups. This is just one of a number of marine field guides that Museum Victoria has produced so far, follow this link for more information.

'The Urban Sanctuary' - Algae and Marine Invertebrates of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

This outstanding field guide by Jessica Reeves and John Buckeridge provides a guide to the marine algae and invertebrates of the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and other marine sanctuaries in Port Phillip and provide stunning photos and detailed descriptions of more than 200 species. The guide can be accessed here.

Algae additions to the Port Philip Bay Taxonomic Toolkit

The Museum Victoria's Taxonomic Toolkit for Marine Life of the Port Phillip Bay has recently been updated with additional green, brown and red algal species, including new images and taxonomic information. The full marine life toolkit can be accessed at


Saturday 29th Aug - Queenscliff

Sunday 30th Aug - Williamstown

Saturday 5th Sep - Inverlock

Time: 10am - 4pm

Registration if free. For more information or to book a place email Wendy at

--> Museum Victoria is producing a series of field guides to the rich marine life of southern Australia.

They are seeking help from Reef Watch photographers to contribute live animal images for the upcoming titles on:
-Sponges (spectacular sponge garden images)
-Bivalves (any live species in their natural habitat)
-Sea spiders (particularly super close-up shots)

Last updated : 27/08/2015

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Victorian National Parks Association

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Melbourne Museum

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