Species Slideshow

Heteropriacanthus cruentatus
Heteropriacanthus cruentatus (Lacepede, 1801)
Bathygobius krefftii
Bathygobius krefftii (Steindachner, 1866)
Notolabrus gymnogenis
Notolabrus gymnogenis (Gunther, 1862)
Purpuradusta gracilis (Gaskoin, 1849)
Novaculichthys taeniorus
Novaculichthys taeniourus (Lacepede, 1801)
Salmacis sphaeroides
Salmacis sphaeroides (Linnaeus, 1758)
Coris dorsomacula
Coris dorsomacula (Fowler, 1908)
Ecsenius bicolor
Ecsenius bicolor (Day, 1888)
Talparia talpa
Talparia talpa (Linnaeus, 1758)
Phenacovolva sp. (Iredale, 1930)

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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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Salomé Gonzales, a researcher at the National Marine Science Centre, will talk about her research into coral skeletons and past environments. ...

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"Do you like sea anemones? If so, I would love to hear from you. My name is Nicola Fraser, I'm a PhD student at Southern Cross University in Australia, and I'm really keen to learn about sea anemones in the marine aquarium trade. As part of my project, I'm interested in which sea anemones you... Read more

A team of SURG members explored the lower reaches of Red Rock estuary last weekend, taking advantage of the clear water and perfect weather to better understand the areas ofcritical habitat. On Friday Tom Mair and Ian Shaw dived the high tide from the shop to the boat ramp, where they... Read more

In 2002 SURG members constructed an underwater trail made up of interpretive plinths. These plinths describe the landform and animals that inhabit the area around each plinth.

The plinths quickly build up... Read more

Despite the cooler May water temperature Manta Rays can still be seen at North West Solitary Island. Two Mantas, which were approximately 2 metres across, circled the SURG research divers for half an hour. The photos of the undersides detailing their identifying marks have been sent to Project... Read more

SURG research has found a significant number of corals which suffered bleaching in 2016 never recovered.

In 2016 the significant bleaching event... Read more