SNORKELLERS came face-to-face with native fish in Warrnambool’s Merri Marine Sanctuary during the Summer by the Sea program designed to give people a better understanding of the local environment.
Fifteen novice snorkellers swam with zebra fish, wrasse and sweep that inhabit seagrass beds and kelp in the “no take” zone.
“Kids can’t contain their excitement at seeing fish swimming only a metre or two away,” said Shareen Collett, a dive instructor with Daktari Surf and Dive.
Summer by the Sea is run by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), Parks Victoria and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority with support from Coastcare and local residents during January and includes beach activities, rock pool rambles and clifftop walks.
“It is important that people, especially children, are aware of the amazing sea life on Warrnambool’s doorstep to be enjoyed now and into the future,” Parks Victoria ranger James Cordwell said.
“The marine sanctuary provides that place for letting nature prevail and for educating people about the spectacular underwater environment.”
Event details are on the DEPI website or by phoning DEPI on 136 186 or Parks Victoria on 13 19 63.