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

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

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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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Hope for better Hooded Plover season

09 Oct 2014

There is renewed hope for a better Hooded Plover breeding season on the Mornington Peninsula this year with a fresh batch of volunteers enlisted to help Australia’s most threatened beach-nesting bird. Last year was a particularly bad year for these vulnerable birds, with just one chick surviving from 59 nests,…

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20 Oct 2014 4:00pm - 24 Oct 2014 5:00pm

The 10 Special Olympics National Games (SONG) is the flagship event for Special Olympics Australia and will be held in Melbourne from October 20 to 24 predominantly at venues at Albert Park. It provides an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities from around Australia in ages ranging from 9 through…

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Coolart Wetlands and Homestead

23 Oct 2014 10:00am-12:00pm

Join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk to celebrate Bird Week 2014. Coolart Wetlands and Homestead has a mix of heritage gardens, native bushland, coastal scrub and wetlands which create a perfect bird watching space. With a mix of bird hides and heritage buildings to…

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Serendip Sanctuary

23 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:00am

To celebrate Bird Week 2014, join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided tour through Serendip Sanctuary. Serendip is well known for its stunning bird life and has a variety of wetland, grassland and woodland habitats which help attract over 150 known bird species. The park also has bird…

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Alpine Forest Walks, Dinner Plain

24 Oct 2014 11:00am-3:00pm

Omeo District Health, DEPI and Parks Victoria Invites you to come walk with us. Montane Loop, Room with a View and Carmichael Falls. Walks are formed tracks that include short steep sections some uneven terrain and occasional steps. No wheelchair access available. The walks include boardwalks and viewing platforms. There…