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Women Who Sail Australia <br />Gathering on the Bay

Women Who Sail Australia
Gathering on the Bay

So there we were - 70-odd sailors, not counting partners and presenters - at the first Women Who Sail Australia ‘Gathering’ at Nelson Bay in New South Wales on April 2-3, 2016. Many of us had met before over sundowners in tranquil anchorages and for coffee up the road from marinas; or had forged friendships…

Smallest cetacean <br/ >critically endangered

Smallest cetacean
critically endangered

This story starts in China. It starts in a restaurant kitchen, where the chef is making a soup that is said to help with fertility. The magic ingredient is the swim bladder of a totoaba. That it has no effect does little to diminish demand. The price for a single swim bladder is fantastic, reportedly…

An eye for detail<br />and colour

An eye for detail
and colour

The fish lying on ice at the market might shimmer silver or sport a dull red but a fish hauled from the cool ocean loses most of its colour – its washes of yellow or its blue stripes – about ten minutes after it has gasped in the searing air. Not only do fish give…

Whale tails aid research

Whale tails aid research

Lightly spotted or black splashed, deckle edged or bedecked with barnacles, the underside of a humpback whale tail fluke is the surest way to identify a particular animal. The East Coast Whale Watch Catalogue, a humpback whale fluke identification research project established in 2008 by Peta Beeman, is assembling a database of tail flukes using…

Southern Cross Pearl<br />back from long exile

Southern Cross Pearl
back from long exile

The story of the Southern Cross Pearl has been shaped by intrigue. Tales of superstition and awe attended its discovery and rumour and mystery dogged its long exile from Australia. Now the pearl cluster is back, on permanent loan to the Western Australian Museum, and some of its secrets can be pieced together. The Southern…

Light a light - a<br />constant labour

Light a light - a
constant labour

At work, Anthony MacFarlane is called “Pin”. It’s short for Split Pin (he’s stringbean thin) and it has become an extended joke to allocate to his family sobriquets that are a variation on the theme. On a cool June morning Pin is at the helm of the Maritime Safety Queensland motor vessel, Cowan, dark glasses…

… there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

- Ratty to Mole in The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame