Colourful Coogee dive reef supports life

University of Western Australia Biological Science Master’s candidate, Matt Hammond (25), has spent the past year studying the artificial reef at Coogee Maritime Trail as part of his marine biology postgraduate studies.

He donned scuba gear to dive on the trail for the first time in May 2016 and Matt’s observations will now form a baseline for future studies on the reef’s colonisation.

The invertebrates Matt has observed on the reef structures are similar to those that have called the historic Omeo wreck – the dive trail’s centrepiece home since it was blown ashore in a storm in 1905.

Read the full media release in the related documents section below to find out what he discovered.

Caption: A Red Netted Nudibranch (Chromodoris tinctoria) photographed at Coogee Maritime Trail. Picture: Wade and Robyn Hughes. 



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