With the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve being so far off-shore, not many people get to go there. Even if they do,unless they are equipped to explore the depths all they will see… is sea. That’s why a new display at the Freycinet Visitor Centre is bringing the mysteries of the deep to both the locals, and the many tourists who visit the region.
The display features a video about the science being conducted to better understand the amazing underwater features, and creatures of the 14 marine reserves in the south-east network. And because you need a couch to sit on while watching a video, we made one- in the shape of a one of those amazing creatures-the blob-fish! “Barry” is already proving popular with visitors.
Parks Australia and the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service created the exhibit with the help of local school children from Bicheno Primary.
Matt Woolley, a Bicheno teacher and his artist wife Hannah, worked with the school children to create beautiful felt deep-sea creatures including lantern fish, hatchet fish and a giant anemone.
The children came to see their creations hung in the centre. They were pretty happy with the result, and so are we.
Marine Protected Areas Management South team