Sunday, 27 May 2012

GUDC Cleans Up The Seaway!

Team Clean-Up with the spoils of our efforts. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
A heap of members from the Griffith Uni Dive Club took time out their busy schedules to do some good for the marine world today. Here's our story...

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Do Cruise Ships Bring The Money?

Cruise ship terminals sound like a good idea for the local economy.... but are they?

Artist, John Wayne's, impression of proposed cruise terminal on the Gold Coast
By Ryan Pearson
With Mayor Tom Tate ‘promising’ to build a cruise ship terminal in the Seaway, I felt it prudent to have a look at the impacts similar structures have actually had on other communities worldwide. Mr Tate’s whole reason for wanting this terminal – at least his public reason – is to inject much needed tourist dollars into the Gold Coast. Forgetting about the environmental impacts of having a cruise ship terminal in the Seaway for a moment, let’s have a think about what this proposal may actually mean for the local economy.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Do you use the Gold Coast Broadwater? Your voice is needed.

Before I start, may I ask one thing? Please share this, share it far and wide... it's important...
The Seaway, taken from a vantage point that may soon be inaccessable without a passport and boarding pass. Photo: Ryan Pearson

I'm waiting?

Oh... you need an explanation first. Ok, if I must... 

By Ryan Pearson
The Gold Coast Seaway, the Spit, and the Broadwater are in trouble. They are about to be changed forever, and our access to these precious areas is soon to become severely limited... if our new mayor Tom Tate has his way.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Evolution is Wicked: The Real Life Detachable Penis

An Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) who's anemone has latched onto an Epitoke. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
Ever been on a night dive and had what seems like a billion tiny worms shooting all around you? Worms that aren't generally there and seem to pop up en masse randomly and unexpectedly? Well I have, and I've heard similar stories from other divers. One night in the Gold Coast Seaway, I had this happen to me, and ever since I've been wondering just what the hell they were... well I may have found the answer.