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Sea World and UQ dugong research 

June 1, 2011

Three wetsuit-clad figures hang from the side of the boat, poised like cats about to spring on their prey.

A dark figure breaks the surface for a breath and the figure pounce with a splash.

Who are they? Researchers! What are they're chasing? Dugongs!

I can't believe it's that time of year again. Each winter Sea World teams up with the University of Queensland to do health surveys of Moreton Bay's dugongs and this year was  my second time out for a visit.

This year their work was more important than ever because of the impats of this year's Brisbane floods, which washed debris, mud, rubbish and heavy metals into the bay. And for the first time this year the researchers also went up to Hervey Bay to assess that area's dugongs, also flood affected, as well.

Unfortunately I still can't embed videos in my blog, so you'll have to settle for a link: click here. 

I was so bummed not to have my new GoPro housing, which helps it focus underwater, and the LCD screen for this trip. And, of course, when I got home from the dugong trip what was on my doorstep? The box with my new housing and screen!

Oh well, you've got to laugh at these things.

The visibility was really bad, only a few metres and really milky white, but here's a few photos:





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