Species Slideshow

Aplysia parvula (March, 1863)
Ceratosoma tenue
Ceratosoma tenue (Abraham, 1876)
Ostorhinchus angustatus
Ostorhinchus angustatus (Smith and Radcliffe, 1911)
Kaloplocamus acutus (Baba, 1955)
Lyncina vitellus
Lyncina vitellus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Grammistes sexlineatus
Grammistes sexlineatus (Thunberg, 1792)
Parma microlepis juvenile
Parma microlepis (Gunther, 1862)
Enneapterygius similis
Enneapterygius similis (Fricke, 1997)
Pomacentrus australis
Pomacentrus australis (Allen and Robertson, 1974)
Apogon cookii
Ostorhinchus cookii (Macleay, 1881)

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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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At the November meeting SURG members will hear Elaine Kwee talk about the next expedition to Bali to assist with reef regeneration. Following is...

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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

The 2016 – 2017 progress report into estuarine habitat resilience has again shown the commitment of SURG and community members in identifying fish species in our estuaries, the health of our estuaries and seagrass habitats, hazards to our estuaries such as discarded fish traps and garbage and... Read more