Dance of the Rays
31 Mar - 15 Apr 2012, Melbourne

This school holidays, a unique group of aquatic dancers will perform a natural phenomenon unlike anything seen before in Melbourne. Over 30 new rays dance across their underwater stage in a choreographed formation rivalling the most disciplined performers, creating a mesmerising new addition to Melbourne Aquarium’s 2.2 million litre Oceanarium.
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22 May 2012, social media

Social media activities are planned around the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22nd May, including a Facebook album of images of species on the Great Barrier Reef, and a webpage highlighting some of our projects around marine biodiversity.

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  Reef Watch Victoria
Reef Watch Victoria, a project of the Victorian National Parks Association is registered as part of the International Day for Biological Diversity. The program involves Victorian (Australian) divers in monitoring an endemic, marine fish species in Victorian waters.

Recent research by a South Australian scientist (Dr Simon Bryars) has revealed that the Southern Blue Devil Fish (Paraplesiops meleagris) can be studied using digital photo recognition. Individual fish are able to be monitored over many years (long lived and site attached) by photographing the markings on the side of the fishes gill cheeks. The information gathered will be used to build a picture of the population of Blue Devils in Victorian Waters.

Reef Watch Victoria has launched a project titled ‘Buddy up with a Blue Devil’. Encouraging divers to photograph an individual Blue Devil 4 times a year.