LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND – OUR OCTOPUS

LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND – OCTOPUS 


As you know, the Great Barrier Reef is home to hundreds of amazing creatures. One of our favourites though, is the mysterious and illusive octopus.

ABOUT THE OCTOPUS

the Octopus is  better known for their bulbous head and eight tentacles, they are actually considered to be one of the most intelligent of invertebrates in the deep blue. Did you know that the “tentacles” are actually considered Arms, which more amazingly have a mind of their own? Not only have they been observed using them to manoeuvre tools, if they happen to lose an arm, it will grow back as if it was never lost, would be great if us humans could have that ability.

Their bodies are extremely soft and contain no bone structure which helps them easily fit through small gaps no matter how large their body mass. They are pretty much the Houdini of sea creatures.

OCTOPUS AND SURROUNDINGS

Octopus often live in solitary. Most species usually live closer to the water’s surface, inhabiting reefs and crevices enabling them to keep hidden from predators. This species is found at Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.  The common octopus has a wide range of techniques it uses to avoid or ward off attackers. Its first and most amazing line of defense is its ability to hide in plain sight. Using a network of pigment cells and specialized muscles in its skin, the common octopus can almost instantaneously match the colors and patterns of its surroundings. Another epic defense of the octopus is when feeling threatened it can shoot out ink that can temporarily blind and dull a potential attackers senses, giving the octopus time to swim away.

Just a quick overview on this special inquisitive species found in our waters at Lady Musgrave Island, pleae watch this short clip to see the beauty of Lady Musgrave Island.

 

 

 

 

Flying Fish

The Fantastic Flying Fish – Is it a fish? Is it a boat? Or is it a cocktail drink?

Well, it is all of them actually but the one we’re going to share with you today is the FLYING FISH.

Flying Fish are able to achieve powerful, self-propelled leaps out of the water where their long wing-like fins enable them to glide for considerable distances ABOVE the water’s surface. Amazing, right! This very uncommon fish ability is a natural defence mechanism to evade any predators.

Where are you likely to find them

They like to hang out in the top layer of the ocean – the “sunlight zone” – where most of the visible light exists under the water. This is the layer of ocean where nearly all the ocean’s primary production happens and as such, the vast majority of plants and marine animals live in this area. This, of course, leads to prey and predation relationships where the smaller fish, like the Flying Fish, are targets for the bigger fish. Their unique adaptation allows their torpedo shaped bodies, large pectoral fins and strong tail to reach the velocity it needs to “fly”. It also has adapted its gills to enable them to breathe whilst in the air. These flying fish are also found out at Lady Musgrave Island.

How big will they grow

When the Flying Fish is fully grown it can measure up to 20 – 25 centimetres in length and their pectoral fins can be as big as the size of the wings of some birds. After increasing speed under the water, they launch themselves out of the water and glide quite remarkable distances. At the end of the glide, they fold their pectoral fins to re-enter the sea or drop their tails into the water to push against it to enable them to lift for another glide and can even change directions at this point. They can increase the time in the air by flying straight into or at an angle to the direction of the updrafts created by the air and ocean currents.

Some Flying Fish have been known to launch themselves onto the decks of smaller boats. Other fisherman catch Flying Fish by shining a light into the water and then catching them with a net. Others are able to scoop them straight out of the air with nets and Sea Birds have been known to swoop in and catch the Flying Fish while they are in glide mode.

The average flight length would be around 50 metres and with updrafts up to 400 metres in distance. They can travel at speeds of 70 km/h at an altitude maximum of around 6 metres above the surface of the sea.

In May 2008, a Japanese film crew filmed a flying fish off the coast of Yakusima Island and the fish spent 45 seconds in the air. Remarkable for such a little fish.

Christmas Time with 1770reef on Lady Musgrave Island

Christmas Time with 1770reef on Lady Musgrave Island

Air temperatures are nice and tropical ranging from 23 – 31 Degrees Celsius

Water temperature is at an average of 25 Degrees Celsius and warmer, creating the most beautiful and comfortable snorkeling.

Lady Musgrave Island while always amazing does have some extra special things that happen at Christmas time.

CORAL SPAWNING

The annual synchronized spawning of corals takes place after a full moon and only when the water has reached the ideal temperature. As Lady Musgrave Island is located at the southern tip and is classed as sub-tropical it does take a little longer to reach that ideal temperature of 26 Degrees Celsius, making December the perfect time to witness this phenomenon.

TURTLES

The turtles have all paired up and mated and are now nesting and carefully laying their precious eggs.

You will spot turtle tracks and see where the Green and Logger Head Turtles have been nesting during your Guided Nature Walk of Lady Musgrave Island.

Say hi to our resident Turtle “Terrence” on the Glass Bottom Boat or maybe even get a closer encounter whilst snorkelling in the Lagoon.

BIRDS

The birds of Lady Musgrave Island love to nest over Christmas.

White Capped Noddy Turns can be found nesting in the Pisonia Trees, whereas the Silver Gulls, Bridles Turns and Black Naped Turns prefer to nest closer to the beach. With the Mutton Birds burrowing on the interior of the Island.

SNORKELLING

An underwater oasis is waiting to be discovered in the lagoon as you pop on your snorkel and mask to reveal on the Great Barrier Reef’s biggest swimming pools. Experience world class snorkelling where you can get up close to resident marine life; including hundreds of species of tropical fish (large and small), turtles and manta rays.

See how many of the world famous Great Barrier Reef Great 8 you can spot!!

I know where I would rather be at Christmas this year…. LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND with 1770reef

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Trip Advisor  Certificate of Excellence 2018

We have received the 2018 TripAdvisor CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE for our tour to Lady Musgrave Island from the Town of 1770.

Great news from 1770reef!

How do you receive a certificate of excellence

This achievement celebrates businesses who have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

To qualify for this award, a business must:

-Maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars

-Have a minimum number of reviews

-Been listed for at least 12 months

 

1770reef have meet all these requirements and this is all because of YOU, our amazing Customers and your wonderful reviews.

 

As a company we truly appreciate all who take our tours, and love reading the positive and constructive feedback left on TripAdvisor.

 

Travelers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book the perfect trip.

The Certificate of Excellence celebrates the businesses that make these perfect trips possible.

Being awarded this Certificate has motivated the 1770reef team, it has proved that our high standards and excelling in giving our customers the most unforgettable trip becomes recognized.  We are very proud to have been awarded this.

Thank you for all our passengers

Thank you to all our valued passengers that have traveled with us and taken the time out of their busy schedules to review us.  We do appreciate this effort from our passengers.  Thank you.

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Have you wondered how Lady Musgrave Island was created

How was Lady Musgrave Island Created?

Believe it or not, the “land” that forms the Great Barrier Reef is the remains of sediments of the Great Dividing Range (Australia’s largest mountain range). It extends over 2500 kilometres along the coast line of Queensland. Wow isn’t that amazing!

Coral Cay

There are many types of reefs throughout the Great Barrier Reef however at the Southern End, we are graced with reefs that also include a coral cay. A coral cay is actually an island formed from the loose coral sediments that are broken up by prevailing winds and “pushed” into an area of the reef where it deposits, settles and begins to form the cay. There are many cays on the Great Barrier Reef however Lady Musgrave is the only one that you can gain ACCESS into the partially protected waters of the lagoon, within the walls of the reef itself.

Lady Musgrave Island is over 19 hectares (49 acres) and is properly described as a wooded, sandy cay. It has been built by wind driven waves, pushing coral rubble, sand and broken shells to one end of the reef. Now it is held together by the roots of trees and shrubs, fertilised by the bird droppings of those that nest, live and breed on the island.

Lady Musgrave Lagoon

The lagoon is surrounded by an oval shaped coral ring, striving to grow outward which has collapsed in the centre. The reef consists of over 3000 acres comprising of cay (island), lagoon and reef, with the lagoon itself around 1000 acres.

Great, broad-leafed Pisonia trees (Pisonia Grandis) dominate the island’s interior. They are soft wooded and shallow rooted so they sometimes topple or drop branches in strong winds and storms but continue to live in a tangles mat of trunks and roots. The Pandanus thrives around the island’s edge on strong roots that bind the soil and sand. Casuarina Pines thrive in the open spaces and their fine leaves give great shade. Octopus Bush are around the foreshore and Sandpaper Figs can be found inland.

So time to come and visit this island paradise with the enthusiastic

passionate team from 1770reef.

 

Finding Nemo at Lady Musgrave Island

We all love “Nemo” at Lady Musgrave Island

The Great 8!  Number #3 on the list of Great 8 are our beautiful Clown Fish and notably well known around the world “Nemo”.

 Boy or Girl?

All Clown Fish are born. These very social fish live together with a dominant female. If she dies, the most dominant male will change sex to female and become the leader.

Home Safe!

 Clown Fish have a very special relationship with the Anemone (related to coral and jellyfish and some experts say half plant and half animal). The Clown Fish eat the anemone leftovers (fish pieces for example) and live among https://www.1770reef.com.au/book-now/ the protection of the venomous tentacles. The anemone uses the Clown Fish for removal of dead tentacles and to improve water circulation around itself.

What Colour Am I?

Clown Fish come in a variety of wonderful colours. They have white stripes that are combined with orange, red, yellow, blue, or black basic body colour. Of course, we all think of the orange type due to the popularity of the movie “Finding Nemo”.

Come and Get Me!

By gaining the protection of the toxic tentacles of the anemone, Clown Fish can be known to be quite aggressive in nature if predators do come close. Recently, on a 1770reef Day Trip to Lady Musgrave, we have experienced, first hand, a Hawksbill Turtle trying to eat coral near an anemone with resident Clown Fish and out they  charged towards the turtle, – twice. Always ready to protect their homes.

Clown Fish – One. Turtle – Nil.

They will also fiercely protect their homes from other Clown Fish. However, if with the best protection, Clown Fish is often preyed on by large fish, sharks and eels.

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Are there Whales out near Lady Musgrave Island – Yes

Number 1 Great 8 Bucket List – Whales!!

Humpback, Dwarf Minke, False Killer, Killer, Short-Finned Pilot, Sperm and various Beaked Whales can all be seen in the Great Barrier Reef and around Lady Musgrave Island in season.  With the Humpback Whale being the most commonly sighted species of whale on the Great Barrier Reef.

Humpback Highway

Humpback Whales are on the move along Australia’s East Coast from June-November each year. Swimming, Breaching and tail slapping their way up to the Great Barrier Reef to escape to southern winter chill and find a warm, sheltered spot to expand their family.

Whale Songs    

Humpback Whales have a intriguing ability to ‘sing’ underwater.    Songs are used to communicate with other Humpback Whales and can last for up to 30 minutes.

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum

Humpback Whales are considered the Giants of the ocean.

SIZE –   Up to 16m long       WEIGHT – 40-45 tonnes        PECTORAL FIN LENGTH – up to 5m

BRAIN SIZE – 5kg               HEART – 1.2-1.5m long         FOOD – approx. 2000kg/day

LIFESPAN – up to 50 years                                                SPEED – 3.5-5kts, fastest 9-10kts

The Celebrity Whale                     

A purely white Humpback Whale does not have melanin pigments in its skin. A unique combination of genes from the parent whales are needed to produce white offspring, making them incredibly rare.

One of the most famous of these on the Great Barrier Reef in Migaloo (the Aboriginal word for ‘white fella’)

Migaloo is one of the few known white Humpback Whales in the world.

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Giant Clam

Giant Clams at Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon

It’s The Great 8!

The Giant Clam is found at our very own Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, with the Giant Clam earing its spot at number 5, alongside the likes of Whales, Manta Rays, Clown Fish, Sharks, Potato Cod, Maori Wrasse and Turtles.

Lady Musgrave Island is one of the only locations along the Great Barrier Reef where all 8 can be found, including of course the amazing Giant Clam.

Did you know?

It’s said that, like a human fingerprint, no two Giant Clams have the same colouration or mantle pattern.  These wild technicolour effects actually come from algae living within the clam’s tissue.

These extraordinary mollusks, which can grow to 1.5 meters in length and weigh up to 200 kilograms, feature a pretty ordinary exterior but a stunning mantle – the fleshy part protruding from the shell.

One of these Clams is not like the other….

Adult giant clams cannot close their shells completely.   This makes them the only species of clams unable to do so.

Male or Female?

By nature, Giant Clams are hermaphrodites. They possess the reproductive organs of both the sexes.

Despite this, they cannot reproduce on their own. On the contrary, they release sperms and eggs into the water.

A single giant clam can release over 500 million eggs at one time.

What’s for dinner?

The algae that grow within the Giant Clam’s mantle tissue are their main source of food. The giant clams absorb sugars and proteins, which these algae produce as they photosynthesize. The nutrition that they get from these algae enables them to acquire such enormous sizes.

Owing to their immense size and their sessility, giant clams are also preyed upon by a number of predators which are, more often than not, much smaller than them.

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#23 Queensland top 100 Bucket List with news/experienceoz

#23 – Snorkel the Lady Musgrave Island lagoon

Where is it? 80km north-east of Bundaberg, QLD

Host to the Great Barrier Reef’s largest lagoon and one of the best overall budget options for those looking to get a sampling of a quality reef environment, Lady Musgrave Island offers an amazing snorkel and dive destination – particularly for beginners – all at a relatively reasonable, bare-bones price with operators Lady Musgrave Experience departing from Bundaberg, and 1770 Reef Tours from the Town of 1770. As a result, it’s the perfect beginner-friendly island reef destination for first-timers. A prominent coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef’s southern section, Lady Musgrave Island brings along with it the characteristic high visibility levels one can expect of the south reef. While its marine life is diverse and plentiful, it’s the lagoon that helps set Lady Musgrave apart from its counterparts; it offers a great combination of both size and safety alongside impressive coral cover with a good mixture of both hard and soft types to encounter.

Lady Musgrave’s lagoon is a veritable hub of colourful reef fish, resident turtles and a variety of coral with along with a sand bottom and scattered bommies that are delightful to explore. The lagoon offers an easily navigable depth of 6 to 8 metres, and given that the island’s waters offer an average visibility of around 20 metres at a minimum, it’s possible to take in a wonderful underwater panorama even for beginner snorkellers. Couple this with a lack of currents, and you’ve got one of the reef’s best all-round spots for comfortable exploration. Divers are also catered for here, as there are 14 world-class dive sites available in the waters on the outer side of the lagoon’s wall, including an easy and relaxed drift dive that offers the chance to spot the likes of cod, wrasse, reef sharks and eels, along with manta ray encounters. Image credit: Rob Richardson via Tourism QLDhttps://www.1770reef.com.au/about/lady-musgrave-island/

What does 1770reef do and Why us?

1770reef provides access to one of the most pristine areas of the Great Barrier Reef – Lady Musgrave Island, Lagoon and Reef. The Town of 1770 is the closest port by sea, to visit the Southern Great Barrier Reef – Where Great Begins.

1770 is the closest access to Lady Musgrave Island being a short 1.5hr approx to Lady Musgrave Island part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, 1770reef departs daily from the 1770 Marina.

We give you a day where memories and special life changing moments are made that last a life time, new friends gained and loads of fun to be had. Snorkel the clear waters of the lagoon, swim with the multitudes of colourful fish and hang out with the turtles and have your turtle selfie, experience the Manta Rays.

Visit Lady Musgrave Island for a guided walk and enjoy a coral viewing tour on the glass bottom boat without getting your feet even wet.

What will you see?

The magical turquoise, blue waters of the lagoon greet you on arrival. What a sight, time to get the cameras’ out and start gathering your memories to share with friends and family.

Tick the Great 8 off your bucket list – a chance to see turtles, clown fish, giant clams, sharks, potato cod, Manta Rays, Maori wrasse and whales in season.

There are over 1300 varieties of reef fish and over 350 species of soft and hard corals to enjoy under the clear waters of the lagoon.

On the island of white coral sands and pisonia forest live a large population of sea and shore birds. Did you know that some of the birds migrate all the way from Siberia to next on these coral cays each year?

When are you going?

Who wouldn’t want to join the fun boat – Emelie – with her passionate, experienced, local crew members sharing their knowledge and love of their office for the day.

Book on today – Online – www.1770reef.com.au. Phone – 07 49727222  Email – tours@1770reef.com.au

Baby Turtles Hatching

Turtles Hatching

Marine turtles have nested on parts of the Queensland coast for thousands of years. To watch a marine turtle nest is to experience one of nature’s truly wonderful rituals. A marine turtle can be between 30 to 50 years of age before it begins to breed and may only breed every few years.

When do they Hatch

The hatchlings join the world from about January to April, emerging in a flurry from their nests, generally during the night, after a period of 7 to 10 weeks in the nest. They have an extremely low chance of survival, with only about one (1) in one thousand (1000) reaching maturity.

In the nest, hatchlings break their egg shell wall within hours of each other and then it can take up to 24 hours to emerge totally from the eggshell.  En masse, they climb upwards towards the surface, breathing the air in between the grains of sand. It can take them up to 2 days to actually reach the surface.

From the nest, the hatchlings will race down to the ocean as they respond to the environmental indicators around to help them on their way to the water. This can take several minutes to achieve and at all stages they may be vulnerable to predators both on shore and in the water.

Which turtles are you likely see at Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island is fortunate enough to have many  Green Turtles, with sightings of Loggerheads and occasionally the endangered Hawksbill  the Hawksbill are very special when you see them they actually look like they have a hawks bill. Green and Loggerheads are the most common hatchlings beginning their lives in the beautiful waters of Lady Musgrave Lagoon.