A tropical manta ray in chilly Tasmania, a rare seahorse in New South Wales and a very happy Queensland fisherman -- just a few of the amazing photos shared by Redmap members. Check out the top marine sightings as judged by the Redmap Team around Australia.
Australians have shared more than 2100 photos on Redmap of unusual or rare marine life in their local seas. Top-sighted Redmap species include threadfin butterflyfish in NSW, eastern rock lobster in Tasmania and redthroat emperor in WA. More than half of the sightings were submitted by divers. And the community data was used or mentioned in 23 scientific papers! The Redmap Report Card recaps who spotted what where around the country.
Redmap has a secret weapon: a network of 80+ marine science boffins around Australia. These experts verify sighting photos so they can be added to the Redmap database and displayed on redmap.org.au. Meet 5 Redmap scientists who've reviewed the most sightings on Redmap - and some of the marine life they've verified.
Fishers and divers around Australia have been sharing their knowledge with Redmap since December 2009. This animation by Cecilia Villanueva shows all the amazing out-of-range and unusual observations submitted over that time! 'Listed' species are the ones Redmap highlights as species of interest on the website and 'other' species are ones you have recognised as out of place or rare. Dots often represent multiple sightings in one spot!
This is a great photo of a great seahorse (Hippocampus kelloggi) spotted by a diver near Sydney! It's also quite a special sighting, according to new Redmap NSW coordinator Dr Troy Gaston.
The southerly migration of voracious tropical fish and urchins as oceans warm is threatening precious kelp forests along the east coast of Australia. Read the full story at ABC News.
Citizen science. It’s frequently plugged in the media these days, but what exactly is it, and does it really warrant all the attention? In a nutshell, citizen science is crowdsourcing for science, writes Kieryn Graham at Vaguely Accurate.
Fishers see amazing things and capture great moments in pursuit of their catch. The Redmap Fisher Photo Competition gives you the opportunity to share and celebrate your favourite fishing memories, with great prizes on offer for two winners in each category! Photos from all types of fishers are warmly welcomed.