This particular dolphin was snapped off Sorrento in February 2015. Some say the seaweed is just a plaything and others think it may be the suave dolphin dressed to impress! Just one more marine mystery and a reminder of why a day by the Bay is good … [Read more...]
A magic day at Birdsland
When the Litter Fairy and Captain Trash visited Birdsland Environmental Education Centre even the bins couldn't help swaying to the sounds of their ukeleles! The annual 'Minibeast Festival' was a collaboration of Yarra Ranges Council, Friends of … [Read more...]
Frankston High School’s science in the sand
Hats off the to the creative Frankston High School crew for combining positive environmental action, education and citizen science. The Port Phillip EcoCentre team were thrilled to receive the following report: Our school Eco Team were lucky … [Read more...]
Beaumaris Bay international fossil site expo
How lucky are we to have one of only a few internationally significant fossil sites in Australia right here in Port Phillip Bay? Other countries and communities would give their eye teeth to have such an ancient and educational tourism asset. … [Read more...]
Who’ll pay for the lost coast?
The Victorian Government has accepted that sea level is likely to rise by 800 mm by 2100. The recent king tide in late December was a good time to get a sense of what that'll mean to Port Phillip Bay. On the evidence above, St Kilda beach as we know … [Read more...]
Mothers beach: not just for Mums!
The clean, wide beach an extensive shallows are living proof of why Mothers beach (Mornington) got its name. Eight energetic kids, a couple of chilled out Mums and a Grandma joined Baykeeper for a Shoreline Shell survey there last week to gather … [Read more...]
Seashell Safaris – a fresh look at the beach
The 2015 'Summer by the Sea' program (brought to you by Coastcare Victoria and Parks Victoria) is providing free activities on the coast during January. The wide range of activities include 14 seashell safaris conducted by Port Phillip Baykeeper on … [Read more...]
Witness King Tides – it’s coming up!
Hard to believe that the highest tide recorded in Port Phillip Bay (in 1936) was just 150 mm below the deck of Brookes Jetty. But tides are tricky! While there are two high tides each day, the time interval between them is never the same. Due to the … [Read more...]
Bayside boosts soft plastics recycling
Soft plastic bags are shifty little expletives! Apart from impersonating jellyfish and gumming up the gut of unsuspecting turtles and dolphins, they also gum up equipment used to recycle hard plastics. So there was a buzz in the air when Bayside … [Read more...]
Beach Patrol keeps kicking goals
Hats off to Guy Boston for giving birth to 3206 Beach Patrol in 2009. By all accounts it wasn't a difficult birth, partly because he's the original 'nice Guy'; but also because the Beach Patrol concept is so simple. Plenty of local families from the … [Read more...]
Schools turn the tide on plastic trash
Beach surveys of micro-plastics around Port Phillip Bay are providing compelling evidence of the need to rethink our use and disposal of plastic consumer goods. They also raise questions about how effective our waste management systems are at … [Read more...]
Bluebottles at Point Leo
Although Bluebottles (Physalia utriculus) are well known for their fearsome sting few Victorians swimmers will have met one. They have been recorded on southern Tasmanian and Victorian coasts (even a couple in Port Phillip Bay) but mostly occur in … [Read more...]