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Gangnam Style Parody (강남스타일) - Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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Watch our divers shaking it Gangnam Style! Located in the heart of Townsville, North Queensland, Australia, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium. Starring: Director of Reef HQ Aquarium as 'PSY' Reef HQ Aquarium crew Inspired by PSY's "Gangnam Style" See the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0
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Farewell Sienna the Sawfish
 
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Sadly the team at Reef HQ Aquarium have said goodbye to one of our long term residents Sienna the Sawfish. Sienna came to us in 2003 measuring 1.76m.The world class conditions Sienna was kept under at Reef HQ Aquarium enabled her to grow to a whopping 3.3metres. This fully protected species has the potential to grow up to 6metres in length. She was in very good health and due to the exceptional conditions Sienna was kept under, the likelihood of Sienna growing to full capacity was high. Reef HQ Aquarium made the proactive decision to relocate Sienna to a larger aquarium where she can continue to thrive.
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"Big Girl" the turtle is released back into the wild
 
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'Big Girl', was bought to Reef HQ Aquarium in September 2011. Found at Florence Bay, Magnetic Island 'Big Girl' was diagnosed with floating syndrome and was very underweight for her size and age. 'Big Girl' was treated with antibiotics and a high protein diet. 'Big Girl' was released in March 2012 weighing an impressive 125 kilograms and has safely returned to her home waters of Magnetic Island.
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Sea Snakes feeding at Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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The Sea Snakes at Reef HQ Aquarium get fed twice a week. You can see by this video that they are really enthusiastic about it! Music: "December Nights" by cdk (feat. Fourstones) http://ccmixter.org/files/cdk/34714 is licensed under a Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Barra feeding - Don't blink or you'll miss it!
 
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Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) are an iconic Australian fish. They can live in both saltwater and fresh but can only breed in salt water. Breeding size fish head downstream to the sea to breed during the summer and during this time are protected from fishing (1st Nov - 1st Feb). An ambush predator the Barramundi will eat almost anything that fits in its mouth from fish through to young water birds and even baby Crocodiles. They open their mouth so wide and fast that they create a vaccuum infront of them that sucks in the water and the unlucky prey animal. They then strain the water out through their gills and swallow their food whole. Check out our resident Barramundi being fed in this video. A popular sport and table fish, Barramundi fishing season opens February 1 2015 at 12 noon. Remember to abide by all recreational fishing regulations and handle all fish appropriately. A quick reminder of size and possession limits: minimum size 58cm, maximum size 120cm and limit of five fish per person.
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How to Transport a Shark
 
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It was a sad time in July 2017 with the passing of Cuddles, our tawny nurse shark who had been at Reef HQ Aquarium for 21 years. On March 20th 2018, it was a happy day when we introduced our newest addition to the family, a young male tawny nurse shark. We hope Snuggles will be with us for 21 years, and like his predecessor become a favourite for Reef HQ guests and be an ambassador for sharks worldwide. But how do you transport a shark 350 kilometres?
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Leopard Shark Breeding Program HD Youtube 3
 
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Reef HQ Aquarium has a very successful Leopard Shark breeding program, but have you ever wondered what happens to our Leopard Shark pups?
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Leroy the baby Flatback Turtle
 
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Leroy is a baby Flatback Turtle brought into Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital in 2013. He weighed just 700g and was suffering from floating syndrome. Leroy is no bigger than a dessert plate. He is recovering well and as you can see from this video he has a huge appetite! Flatback turtles are Australia's turtles as they have only been found nesting on Australian beaches.
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Coral Bleaching
 
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Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Release - The Strand, Townsville - Australia
 
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On the 17th October 2015 two green sea turtles 'Ross' and 'Michael Jackson' were returned home to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park after being rehabilitated at Reef HQ Aquarium's Turtle Hospital. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel, follow us on Facebook (Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium) and Instagram (@reefhqaquarium) to discover more about the Great Barrier Reef.
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Tribute to 'Cuddles' the Tawny Nurse Shark
 
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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Reef HQ Aquarium's Tawny Nurse Shark, affectionately known as Cuddles. On Sunday 16 July, Cuddles passed away from natural cause at 21/22 years of age. Over the past 21 years, Cuddles has been an Ambassador for all shark worldwide and viewed by over 2.5 visitors since his arrival in 1996. Cuddles has delighted countless visitors with his tolerance of the divers cuddling him at dive shows. Many of our visitors were left with a desire to cuddle a shark themselves. Cuddles has helped change people's perceptions of sharks as mindless eating machines and helped educate people about the necessary roles of these Apex predators for a healthy marine ecosystem.
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Pygmy Squid (Idiosepius pygmaeus) hatch at Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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Staff were excited to find fertile eggs laid by adult Pygmy Squid (Idiosepius pygmaeus) in an experimental Plankton system. The eggs have now hatched into tiny miniatures of the adults. The babies at only 1mm long already can change colour to camouflage themselves. Adults are approximately 2cm long fully grown. Aquarists are now raising the juveniles with hopes of displaying them in the future.
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Mermaids swimming in the world's largest living Coral Reef Exhibit, Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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From the 10th-12th of April 2015 we were happy to host the Perth Mermaids, Mermaid Jessica Pearl and Mermaid Amelia as they frollicked in our 2.5 million litre Coral Reef Exhibit. They joined our resident Great Barrier Reef Mermaid sisters, Mermaid Cora and Mermaid Cirra to engage and interact with visitors to the aquarium. Here is some footage from the three days they spent with us. If you'd like to see one of our live Mermaid performances make sure you follow us on facebook @Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium , twitter @reefhqaquarium, instagram @reefhqaquarium or pop on over to our website www.reefhq.com.au to see upcoming show dates. For more information on the Perth Mermaids please visit their website www.perthmermaids.com, facebook www.facebook.com/perthmermaids, instagram @perthmermaids, YouTube.com/theperthmermaids
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Conservation at Reef HQ Aquarium's Turtle Hospital
 
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More than just a tourist attraction, Reef HQ Aquarium is also a focal point for conservation. At the turtle hospital we rehabilitate marine turtles that have been affected by plastic pollution, boat strike injury and fishing activity. Come be our guest today and see how you can #LoveTheReef.
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Reef HQ Aquarium's Baby Shark
 
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Turn up the volume and enjoy ... baby shark :)
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ABC News featuring Reef HQ Aquarium Educational Study Abroad Program
 
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Reef HQ Aquarium is the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. This innovative reef education program allows participants to meet and interact with Marine Park experts responsible for managing one of the world's largest marine protected areas and develop a fuller understanding of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and the animals and plants that call it home. Healthy Reef Healthy Future participants will also be trained to conduct reef health assessments; this includes in-water training within the world's largest living coral reef aquarium.
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Reef HQ Aquarium in the eyes of an Aquarist
 
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All in a day's work for Roxanne one of our very passionate and talents Aquarists, Diver and Guide here at Reef HQ Aquarium. This is her story...
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Turtle Hospital Generic
 
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Located in right in the heart of Townsville, Reef HQ Aquarium is the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and home to North Queensland's Turtle Hospital. Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital acts under the C.A.R.E philosophy, Care.Act.Rehabilitate.Educate, play a key role in raising community awareness on the plight of turtles.
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Reef HQ Aquarium Leopard Shark recieving a scratch
 
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Check out this video clipping from one of our Aquarists as part of our captive breeding and target training program. It is important to have a calm, relaxed, well handled animal so our Aquarists can measure and weigh the shark on a regular basis. It is also important to see how well the animal is growing by collecting data. Not only does this female Leopard Shark enjoy a scratch, she will swim back to the platform even when food is not presented. Do not try this in the wild. Reef HQ Aquarium Aquarists are trained professionals and have experience in handling marine life.
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Reef HQ Aquarium's Merman Mack
 
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Introducing Merman Mack; our very own merman.
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Reef HQ Aquarium - Polycom Video Conferencing
 
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Wherever you are in the world, experience the reef with Reef Videoconferencing. During this underwater fact-finding mission, your classroom will be transported to the Coral Reef and Predator exhibits at Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville, Australia. State-of-the-art technology unlocks unique teaching and learning experiences, including information delivered live by a scuba diver. Videoconferencing is a tool that allows users to see and hear the person they are communicating with. It is exciting, stimulating, easy to use and a great way to involve students in learning about the Great Barrier Reef. Reef Videoconferencing is very different from other multimedia resources, such as video recordings or television presentations, because they are live and interactive. Reef Videoconferencing can be facilitated nationally and internationally and has won multiple international awards: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Polycom Best International Content Provider - Teachers' Favourite Award. 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Pinnacle Award from the "Centre for Interactive Learning Collaborations" - Voted by teachers from across the USA. Reef Video conferencing is proudly brought to you by Polycom state of the art videoconferencing technology.
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Cool Coral Time Lapse Camera
 
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Did you know corals are actually animals not plants? Corals are related to Jellyfish and Anemone's. Many build hard skeletons and live as a colony where lots of individual polyps (think of a jellyfish upside down in a cup with their tentacles sticking out) live side by side. They react differently to night time darkness and daylight. Check out this Flowerpot Coral (Goniopora sp.) in one of our testing tanks. Filmed on a time lapse camera over a couple of days, when the light is on the polyps expand and wave around in the current feeding and then at night time the colony retracts for protection.
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Reef Dreaming
 
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Learn from the local Bindal Traditional Owners as they share their knowledge about the Great Barrier Reef through dance, didgeridoo performance and storytelling. 11am-12noon daily, now until Sunday 3 July
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Pipefish in Egg
 
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Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital Release - Sheldon
 
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Sheldon, a juvenile green sea turtle, was having an unlucky day. He caught a fishing hook for dinner. :( Luckily for Sheldon, those who accidentally caught him took him straight to JCU Vets, who successfully removed the hook. :) Sheldon's stay with Reef HQ Aquarium was short due to the quick action taken by the people who hooked him. Yesterday, with their help, Sheldon was released - hopefully not to catch another fishing hook for dinner! ;)
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Barramundi Feeding Footage thanks to Biopixel
 
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Barramundi season opens February 1, 2015! As of 12:00pm barramundi season will be open, remember to abide by all recreational fishing regulations and handle all fish appropriately. A quick reminder of size and possession limits: minimum size: 58 cm, maximum size 120 cm, possession limit: 5 Check out this super slow-mo vision of a barramundi feeding. Thanks to Emmy Award winning cinematographer Richard Fitzpatrick. For more amazing footage check out www.biopixel.tv
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Cora the Mermaid Appearance 22 September - 28 September
 
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Mermaid Cora is visiting Reef HQ Aquarium for a very limited time only. Cora will be making an appearance every day Monday 22 September to Sunday 28 September from 1pm – 1.30pm inclusive.
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Reef HQ Aquarium Coral Reef Exhibit 2.5million litres
 
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This stunning footage is taken from within the tank at Reef HQ Aquarium. The coral reef exhibit is 2.5 million litres. The exhibit features over 120 species of hard and soft coral and over 150 species only found at the Great Barrier Reef.
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Baby Black Tip Reef Shark
 
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For many months, Reef HQ Aquarium staff, volunteers and visitors had been in suspense watching the progress of our pregnant Black Tip reef shark. On January 7, we were thrilled to have a successful birth. It is our pleasure to announce that a young male has survived to reach 3 weeks of age. He is actively engaging in regular feeds, both during our predator feed show and additional targeted feeding activities. Watch our baby black tip zipping about!
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Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital Release - Bob
 
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If boating, please go slow for those below - who, like Bob (a recent Reef HQ Turtle Hospital patient) hang out in seagrass beds and shallow areas like those around Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay. Bob arrived at Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital in October 2017, having suffered from a boat strike injury, visible with prop cuts on his carapace. The were evidence of a previous boat strike injury, which had healed. Bob was a patient at Reef HQ Aquarium for a few months while we waited for the shell to close around the prop strikes.
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Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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Reef HQ Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. The team are proud to release that latest branding commercial. Enjoy this 30 second snapshot.
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Happy International Women's Day!
 
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Reef HQ Aquarium is celebrating International Women's Day. Leonie the Leopard is a true International superstar. Leonie has produced Leopard Sharks without a male. Parthenogenesis is a natural form of asexual reproduction in which embryos develop in the absence of fertilisation. Most commonly found in plants and invertebrate organisms, an increasing number of vertebrate species have recently been reported employing this reproductive strategy. Here we use DNA genotyping to report the first demonstration of an intra-individual switch from sexual to parthenogenetic reproduction in a shark species, the zebra shark Stegostostoma fasciatum. A co-housed, sexually produced daughter zebra shark also commenced parthenogenetic reproduction at the onset of maturity without any prior mating. The demonstration of parthenogenesis in these two conspecific individuals with different sexual histories provides further support that elasmobranch fishes may flexibly adapt their reproductive strategy to environmental circumstances.
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Reef HQ Aquarium Wetlands and Bugs
 
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We're taking off a day from our reef rainbow to say Happy World Environment Day smile emoticon Conservation of the ocean starts with looking after our freshwater areas. Make sure rubbish doesn't make its way into rivers or drains and reduce, reuse, recycle where possible. To celebrate here's a video of one of our precious wetlands fish. The Saratoga is a predatory fish found in fresh water areas of northern Australia. She does something cool in this video so make sure you watch closely so you don't miss it!
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Mermaids Making a Splash this September
 
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Strange sightings in Reef HQ Aquarium's coral reef exhibit have staff abuzz, mermaids have always been a creature of mystery, fantasy and unlimited beauty. Mermaid Magenta and Mermaid Cora are making a splash this September from Saturday 17 September to Friday 23 September (inclusive). Meet Mermaid Magenta 9.30am - 10.30am and the Mermaid Cora Show 11.30am - 12noon.
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Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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Reef HQ Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. The team are proud to release that latest branding commercial. Enjoy this 30 second snapshot.
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Searching for a Merman at Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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Have you heard the news? We're searching for a merman. We hope to find him soon, so that you can see him too!
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Octopus Hide and Seek
 
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What happens when you give an Octopus a GoPro? Lots of cute tentacle cup close ups! "Squishy" the octopus has been settling into his new home by playing with the Aquarists. Octopus are very curious creatures and Squishy wanted to take the camera back to his den to investigate.
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Pancake - Bluespot ray enrichment at Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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Did you parents ever say "don't play with your food"? At Reef HQ Aquarium we actively encourage it as a form of enrichment, which is our responsibility to the animals in our care. This is Pancake, our bluespot ray having his lunch - YUM!
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Hector the turtle scratching his back
 
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Despite how tough a turtle's shell might look, they can still feel through it. A simple scrubbing brush on a pole is enough to make Hector the turtle a very happy reptile.
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Mermaid Mania at Reef HQ Aquarium!
 
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We can't hold it in any longer! The Perth Mermaids, Mermaid Jessica Pearl and Mermaid Amelia will be joining Cora and Cirra our Great Barrier Reef mermaids in the Reef HQ Aquarium coral reef exhibit! The mermaids will appear together in the tank for 3 days only. Friday the 10th of April from 9am-9:30am MEMBERS ONLY are invited for an exclusive sneak preview before opening hours. Then Saturday (11th) and Sunday (12th) we throw open our doors to everyone and the pod will be frolicking in our exhibit from 11:30am-12noon and 1pm-1:30pm. Save these dates in your calendars and tell your friends because you won't want to miss this
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Circus under the Sea at Reef HQ Aquarium
 
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Roll up, roll up! Check out our divers these school holidays as they take centre stage with underwater circus tricks, Monday 7 July - Sunday 13 July from 1pm - 2pm daily, it's a show not to be missed!
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Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef Exhibit 360 View
 
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Check out a small clip of Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef Exhibit within the exhibit using a 360 view camera.
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Maori Wrasse vs Video Camera
 
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Our Maori Wrasse comes to investigate a diver's video camera. It's an old video but, as you will see, something worth sharing!
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Reef HQ Aquarium Critter - Seastar Walkabout
 
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How does a seastar not trip over their feet? They have 100s of them and yet no brain ... one of the simplest, yet complex critters on the Great Barrier Reef.
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