Is that white growth a coral? Is it an animal or a plant? What is the difference between a shrimp and a prawn? These and many other common questions reveal our lack of familiarity with the seas. For many, their first experience of marine environments is amazement at the bewildering variety of life in the oceans. Sea anemones and corals, sea stars and sea urchins, octopuses and squids are just a few marine creatures that we never encounter on land or in fresh water. Many other creatures are even less familiar, and it is often difficult for those interested in marine life to learn more about them. The examples selected here focus on Victoria and on southern Australia. The emphasis is on animals and plants that are commonly seen by divers, snorkellers, beachcombers and by anyone with an interest in marine life.
An Introduction to Marine Life
Museum Victoria Publishing