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The Turtle Hospital at the Reef HQ Aquarium

In recent headlines a new study has revealed that over half of all sea turtles have ingested plastic.  Before we went to the turtle hospital they gave a talk about sea turtles.  They said that the turtles (and other marine life) have been able to eat anything they find in the oceans for thousands of centuries.  The sea turtles, of course, don’t realise anything has changed and so when they see some brightly coloured object floating in the water they … Read More

The Townsville Aquarium, part 2

Part one is here.  Upstairs at the aquarium there is a hands-on area.   There’s also a playground.  We had a browse around while we waited for the talk to start.  Surprisingly, I don’t actually have pictures of the kids touching the various sea creatures we were allowed to interact with.  I was too busy enjoying the experience and monitoring a two-year-old.  Sometimes you just have to step back from the camera.  We watched the man climb into the tank and … Read More

The Townsville Aquarium

We’ve skipped visiting aquariums until Townsville since we’d heard that this was a good one.  The Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.  There’s a lot to see with talks scheduled throughout the day.  We were able to attend several of the talks and learn about all these fascinating sea creatures.  Of course, when you see an old diving helmet begging to be worn you must try it on… So much to see … Read More

Seahorse World at Beauty Point, TAS

We were lucky to be able to visit Seahorse World thanks to Sean’s aunt and uncle.  They had a tour and knew the kids would love it so treated us to a visit.  We made the trip up to Beauty Point from Longford via a scenic route that took us right next to the water.  Seahorse World is right on the dock, there were boats to see and people fishing nearby. Check out these limits!  Catch an octopus?  You can … Read More