Species Slideshow

Octopus cyanea
Octopus cyanea (Gray, 1849)
Ophthalmolepis lineolatus
Ophthalmolepis lineolata (Valenciennes, 1839)
Nembrotha rosannulata
Nembrotha rosannulata (Pola, Cervera and Gosliner, 2008)
Ctenochaetus binotatus
Ctenochaetus binotatus (Randall, 1955)
Elegatis bipinnulata
Elagatis bipinnulata (Quoy and Gaimard, 1825)
Pseudojuloides cerasinus
Pseudojuloides cerasinus (Snyder, 1904)
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
Mulloidichthys vanicolensis (Valenciennes, 1831)
Ophthalmolepis lineolatus
Ophthalmolepis lineolata (Valenciennes, 1839)
Monetaria moneta
Monetaria moneta (Linnaeus, 1758)
Platycephalus marmoratus
Platycephalus marmoratus (Stead, 1908)

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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.

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While we haven't been able to have any Guest Speaker nights, or hold any organised activities because of the ongoing Covid issues, we have been able to include some welcome additions on the SURG website. Bob Edgar has been diligently compiling a database of birds that we see along our section of... Read more

The successful cleaning of the plinths on the North Solitary Islands underwater trail was made possible by eight hard working SURG divers.

SURG members constructed this underwater marine... Read more

The winners of this second Coffs Coast Sea Slug Census were Elizabeth Hardaker taking two prizes for the most documented species found and best photograph and Craig and Alex Lewis for the most interesting species .

Elizabeth Hardaker with her prize winning photo

Best... Read more

Saturday's Bunnings sausage sizzle fundraiser was a huge success despite the crazy weather with hot humid conditions turning to pouring rain just in time to pack up.

Seventeen SURG members worked tirelessly through the day to help raise over $1000. This money will give the club a chance... Read more

The second Sea Slug Census was successfully held in the Solitary Islands Marine Park with groups going out from Arrawarra and Coffs Harbour. For the results of this Census come to the SURG meeting on the 12th February. It will be a fantastic night with awards and prizes for the best photograph,... Read more