Sea Mammals Series – The Dugong

The last post in our Sea Mammals series is the elusive Dugong.  The name comes from the Malay “Duyong”, meaning “lady of the sea”.  Its slow and graceful swimming is possibly the inspiration for mariners’ tales of mermaids.  The common name for the Dugong is sea cow, no doubt because it grazes on the sea…

Australian fur seals

Sea Mammals Series – Australian Fur Seals

Our third post in the Sea Mammals Series is dedicated to Australian Fur Seals.  These are rowdy, noisy, inquisitive and fun animals to watch. They are found mainly in Bass Strait.  We have seen them in Victoria, on islands off Wilson’s Promontory and in Tasmania at Judgement Rocks which are part of the Kent Group…

Sea Mammals Series – Bottlenose Dolphins

The star of our second post in the Sea Mammals Series is the Bottlenose Dolphin.  There is rarely a day when we are out sailing that we don’t see dolphins joining us at our bows.  These are gregarious, social, fun, intelligent, agile animals. Invariably as soon as we see them coming towards us, we rush to…