Caspian Tern.  Photo: Nick Dunlop

Sentinel Shorebirds

As global temperatures rise there would be a general expectation that the ranges of tropical seabird species would extend further in the higher latitudes whilst cold water species would retreat towards the poles. There is already clear evidence that this process is underway in a number of marine regions around the world. The Bridled Tern…

Roundface Batfish, near Dunsborough, Credit: Reef Vision

Interesting observations and frequently seen species

More than 70 sightings of unusual marine plants and animals (mostly fish) have been in recorded in the south-west by recreational fishers and divers since 2012 and logged on Redmap. Roundfaced batfish and the striking looking Giant oarfish have regularly been sighted in recent years in the south west while recreational fishers have been catching…

Sharks and Rays

More than 60 species of shark, most of which are found offshore in waters of 200-1000+ m depth, and around 20 species of rays, can be found in waters off the south-west coast*. Note: There is still limited knowledge on Sharks in the South West NRM region Disclaimer: West Coast region is larger than the…

Sea lion. Photo: Chandra Salgado Kent

Dolphins and sea lions

The southwest region is also home to several communities of resident bottlenose dolphins that use the habitats as their core home grounds. While little is known of larger toothed whales in the region, it is clear that they occur in the region from the mass strandings of pilot whales, false killer whales, and other related…