Port Phillip Taxonomic Toolkit

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by Blair
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15 March 2012
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Hey check out www.portphillipmarinelife.net.au – the new Port Phillip Taxonomic Toolkit website we launched this week! It's a joint initiative between the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and us at the museum.

Juvenile Scalyfin, jellyfish and biscuit stars in Port Phillip Bay. Left to right: Juvenile Scalyfin, jellyfish and biscuit stars in Port Phillip Bay.
Image: Julian Finn | Mark Norman
Source: Museum Victoria
 

There is a spectacular gallery of over 2,000 photographs that make it the site to surf if you don't want to get wet this dive season. And if you do get wet, then it's the one place to learn about the cool stuff you've seen underwater.

Have a click around and find your favourite pretty fin or an awesome octopus!

albatross, isopod and Moray Eel from Port Phillip Bay. Left to right: albatross, isopod and moray eel from Port Phillip Bay.
Image: Julian Finn
Source: Museum Victoria
 

The site has 1,001 species from Port Phillip Bay with more to come in 2012. There are frowning faces of stargazers to picture-perfect blue devils, fish that walk instead of swim, cannibalistic sea cucumbers, and seahorses that eat lunch like sucking a hotdog out of a roll. They're all part of our truly amazing local marine life.

The Port Phillip Taxonomic Toolkit is primarily an identification and information resource for scientists and marine enthusiasts, but the images provide some fun and education for all audiences. There are also interactive menus to identify selected species as well as descriptions of characters that make the animals unique.

The project is funded by the Department of Sustainability and Environment's Seagrass and Reefs Program for Port Phillip Bay and will be completed later this year.

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Johnny 15 March, 2012 12:59
Great to hear from you again Blair, excellent website! Btw, are the biscuit starfish edible?
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Pennie 15 March, 2012 14:47
As someone who lives close to the bay and walks on the beach every day - I love this!
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Blair 15 March, 2012 14:54
Ha, yes tasty for some fish and other aquatic species I suspect, but not so tasty for humans!
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Blair 16 March, 2012 15:03
Thanks Pennie, glad to hear it's useful to locals already =)
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Lola 20 March, 2012 14:15
This is amazing! What an excellent resource. It's reassuring (and a little surprising) that so many intersting creatures have managed to survive in the Port Phillip Bay!
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