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Fact Sheet: Sharks

Of the 370-plus shark species in the world, more than 100 species live in Western Australian waters. This fact sheet provides general information about the biology of sharks, protected species and their vulnerability to overfishing.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Sawfish

The unusual-looking sawfish family are a type of ray and are therefore related to sharks . Found in both marine and freshwater, these predatory fish derive their name from their long snouts lines with sharp points. An identification and general information guide on Sawfish.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Whale Shark

Despite their huge size, whale sharks are docile, filter feeders that cruise the world's oceans looking for plankton.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 16.10.2019

Lesson: Action plan

Students will analyse data collected from the marine debris survey they completed in the Lesson: Bag it!

Resource type: LessonLast updated: 02.10.2019

Lesson: Bag it!

Students will conduct a marine debris survey in the field.

Resource type: LessonLast updated: 02.10.2019

Lesson: Unfantastic plastic

Students will investigate the use of plastics in society and the potential impact that this material has on the marine environment.

Resource type: LessonLast updated: 19.09.2019

Lesson: Recycle challenge

Students will learn about different types of plastic, their application in everyday items and assess their ability to be recycled by local authorities.

Resource type: LessonLast updated: 19.09.2019

Presentation: Harmful Marine Debris

This presentation is associated with the Lesson: Unfantastic Plastic

Resource type: PresentationLast updated: 19.09.2019

Fact Sheet: Bycatch

What is bycatch? The accidental capture of unwanted or non-targeted fish or other animals. This fact sheet outlines what is bycatch and what the fishing industry is doing to reduce it through bycatch reduction devices and modified fishing equipment.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 22.08.2019

Fun Fact Sheet: Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead sharks are easily identifiable by their distinctive hammer-like heads.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 20.08.2019

Fun Fact Sheet: White Shark

White sharks are warm blooded. They have a heat-exchanging circulatory system that allows them to maintain their body temperature above that of the surrounding seawater. This allows them to swim at high speeds through cooler water.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 20.08.2019

Fact Sheet: Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill turtles are known to nest and feed at the Rowley Shoals which provides an oceanic refuge for these world travelers.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 18.06.2019

Fishy Fun Sheet: Sawfish – Colour In

Colour me in. Sawfish are a PROTECTED SPECIES in Western Australia. If you catch one you must return it to the water as quickly and carefully as possible.

Resource type: Fishy Fun SheetLast updated: 07.06.2019

Fact Sheet: Humphead Maori Wrasse

The humphead Maori wrasse is easily recognisable, being over 2 metres long with a large hump on its head and big fleshy lips.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 07.06.2019

Fact Sheet: Potato Cod

The captivating potato cod is truly a giant of the fish kingdom. Its massive size and homebody nature draws divers who are looking for a story to tell about their underwater adventure.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 07.06.2019

Poster: Protected Marine Species

The Western Australian marine environment is home to a number of species that are protected under international agreements and national or state legislation.

Resource type: PosterLast updated: 06.06.2019

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