Species Slideshow

Nelusetta ayraud
Nelusetta ayraud (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)
Ophiarachna megacantha (H.L. Clark, 1938)
Pomacentrus nagasakiensis
Pomacentrus nagasakiensis
Zenopontonia soror (Nobili, 1904)
Centropogon australis
Centropogon australis (White, 1790)
Palmadusta clandestina (Linnaeus, 1767)
Coris bulbifrons juvenile
Coris bulbifrons (Randall and Kuiter, 1982)
Choerodon graphicus
Choerodon graphicus (De Vis, 1885)
Thais alouina
Mancinella alouina (Roding, 1798)
Sufflamen fraenatus

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The Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group Inc. (SURG), is a group of dedicated volunteers conducting research in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Formed in 1985, SURG membership is comprised of underwater naturalists, photographers and scuba divers, and our research provides habitat information and other data which may be used for the ongoing management of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Read more about

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With all the talk of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and, closer to home, in the Solitary Islands, it is good to know that some corals are healthy and seem to be thriving among their bleached relatives.

SURG members are currently undertaking emergency surveys to assess the worst coral bleaching ever seen off the Coffs Coast. Water temperatures as high as 27.5 degrees were registered at South Solitary Marine Park in March, causing widespread bleaching on corals growing as deep as 20m. 

SURG members and local dive operators have witnessed severe bleaching in the Solitary Islands, in particular the Pocillopora variety of coral.       

The statistics are in and they show a huge amount of garbage was collected on Clean-up Australia Day. In all over 2700 items weighing 179kg were collected from the transects, and an estimated further 80kg picked up from adjacent random sites. 

The social meeting held on March 2nd featured a senior local member of ORRCA, Darren Ramsey, who gave a lively and thought provoking presentation on ORRCA and the work the organisation carries out helping marine mammals in distress.