Marine Animals

Marine Animals

In the marine environment, there are many species of conservation significance, and possibly more yet to be discovered. There is a great diversity of marine algae and reef fish in these pristine southern temperate waters.

Smooth Pool is known for the largest population of the rare (and World's smallest!) Sea Star, "Little Pattie", Parvulastra parvivipara, which is found in only a few locations on the west coast.

Other marine mammals known in the Chain of Bays include, Bottlenose Dolphin,Tursiops aduncus; Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis; Humpback Whale,Megaptera novaeangliae; Killer Whale, Orcinus orca.

Notable fish species include, Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias; School Shark, Galeorhinus galeus; Gummy Shark, Mustelus antarcticus; Bronze Whaler Shark, Carcharhinus brachyurus; Western Shovelnose Ray, Aptychotrema vincentiana; Southern Fiddler Ray, Trygonorrhina fasciata; Western Blue Groper, Achoerodus gouldii; Harlequin Fish, Othos dentex; and Wrasse species.

Commercial fish species include, King George Whiting, Sillaginodes punctatus; Pink Snapper, Chrysophrys auratus; Queen Snapper, Nermadactylus valenciennesi; Sea Garfish, Hyporhamphus melanochir; West Australian Salmon, Arripis truttaceus; Tommy Ruff, (Australian Herring) Arripis georgianus; Trevally, Seriolella brama; Flathead, Platycephalus sp.; and Southern Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus maccoyii.

Some unusual fish species include, Venus Pipefish, Stigmatopora venusensis; Green Moray, Gymnothorax prasinus; Weedy Sea Dragon,Phyllopteryx taeniolatus; and Leafy Sea Dragon, Phycodurus eques.

Other notable marine species include, Greenlip Abalone, Haliotis laevigata; Southern Rock Lobster, Jasus edwardsii; Blue Swimmer Crab, Portunus pelagicus; and Western King Prawn, Melicertus latisulcatus.

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