Under the Lens

Seahorse twins (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Seahorse twins (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

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Location: Under the Lens

Camera used for Under the Lens photography

Camera used for Under the Lens photography

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Location: Under the Lens

Camera set up at Refuge (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Camera set up at Refuge (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

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Location: Under the Lens

Leatherjacket in strapweed

Leatherjacket in strapweed

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Location: Under the Lens

Nudibranch on sponge (photo: Norman Femwick)

Nudibranch on sponge (photo: Norman Femwick)

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Location: Under the Lens

Basket star on sea whip (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

Basket star on sea whip (photo: Norman/Fenwick)

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Location: Under the Lens

The Under the Lens project is a collaboration between Parks Victoria and Museum Victoria to collect high quality imagery and video of Victoria’s marine national parks and sanctuaries. In 2008 an initial pilot project commenced and in 2010 the partnership was formalised. To date, ten MPAs have been surveyed by Under the Lens divers including Port Phillip Heads, Wilsons Promontory, Corner Inlet and Yaringa marine national parks, and Beware Reef and Ricketts Point marine sanctuaries.

The project not only generates fascinating imagery, it also incorporates basic surveys of marine life. For example, Under the Lens divers have discovered many new species in Victoria’s waters throughout the duration of the project. 

The broad aims are related to informing management and include:

  • Developing flora and fauna checklists for the marine national parks and sanctuaries to help fill gaps in our knowledge of biodiversity
  • Conducting surveillance for introduced species to enable early detection and response to pest invasions
  • Documenting broad-scale changes in habitat (and species) condition and where possible measure physical parameters to help establish causal links to help inform management responses
  • Documenting changes in distributions of species and habitat in response to climate change.

The partnership with Museum Victoria is ongoing and will address the above aims and collect imagery from various other marine national parks and sanctuaries.

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Koala Conservation Day

20 Aug 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

Enjoy a day in the outdoors, connecting with nature and helping koalas in the You Yangs Regional Park and the Western Plains near Melbourne. You will search for koalas, take walks through bushland with naturalists and remove weeds and plant trees for koala habitat, in the company of a highly…

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TROS - Windy Saddle

20 Aug 2017 9:30am-11:30am

A steady 3km climb to windy saddle. This track is a credit to Parks Victoria's tracks crew. Come along and be amazed at the effects of nature and engineering ingenuity, enjoy good company and of course the morning tea.

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Peak Adventure Winter Series Race 3

27 Aug 2017 7:30am-12:30pm

Peak Adventure is excited to bring you PAWS, the Peak Adventure Winter Series at Lysterfield Park. Keep motivated, fit and healthy this winter by joining us for either an off-road triathlon, or an off-road duathlon. The triathlon includes a 7km paddle, a 20km MTB, and an 8km trail run. The…

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Federal Cave Tour

27 Sep 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm

This historical tour provides a unique opportunity to view a cave that is rarely open to the public and is part of the same cave system as the Royal and the Fairy show caves. Lit only by solar-powered pathway lights, you are provided with a helmet and headlight to view…