Snorkeling at Joongarra-Ngarrian, or Cook Island, is a special experience thanks to the dozens of sea turtles, diverse fish species and the algae adorned rocks.
Sharks with Beards: Wobbegongs
Beneath the rocky outcrops and coral formations, an intriguing inhabitant of Joongarra-Ngarrian awaits – the wobbegong shark. These carpet sharks, with their unique patterns and fringed fins, gracefully navigate the ocean floor. Although generally docile, the wobbegong adds an element of excitement to your underwater exploration. Observe from a safe distance as these fascinating creatures become part of the intricate ecosystem that makes Cook Island a biodiversity hotspot.
Freezing ocean temperatures in the middle of summer: The ‘Ekman transport’ effect
Spring and early summer on the Gold Coast is dominated by northerly winds which on land brings warm, humid conditions. However, there is a peculiar phenomenon that occurs below the surface of the adjacent pristine waters. Beach-goers, surfers and snorkelers that enjoy frequenting the sea may notice that their mild ocean temperatures one day can sometimes drop dramatically overnight. Average sea surface temperatures have been know to drop by up to
Cephalopods: Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish
Swarming comb jellies/ctenophores
When the stars align – that is when the ocean currents and winds and the comb jellies are all in the right place at the right time, you could find yourself swimming in a swarm of gelatinous creatures that might at first make your heart race! Comb jellies or ctenophores are incredibly beautiful and mesmerizing invertebrates! Named for the comb-like plates, they move through the water column with a little help from their cilia that provide a bit of propulsion but mostly at the mercy of currents. These incredible creatures are captivating with the bioluminescent rows of cilia that line their bodies.