bournda eec
bournda eec

Sandy Beaches

Sandy and mud beaches occupy a dynamic position between sea and land. They are characterised by a large number and diversity of animals such as crabs, pipis and worms, living in or on the upper sand layers. A large number of microscopic animals live between the sand grains.

Sandy beaches occur at Bournda and Tura beach and are some of the most common habitats along the NSW coast. Beaches often appear unproductive but are home to a large number of species including burrowing worms, crabs, yabbies and other shellfish. These invertebrates are a major source of food for many fish species such as flathead, flounder and whiting (NSW DPI). Sandy habitats extend beyond the surf line and occupy a large percentage of sea floor adjacent Bournda National park.

Out in the open ocean migrating humpback and southern right whales are often observed from Bournda’s beaches and headlands. Other marine mammals observed include Australian fur seals and bottlenose dolphins. 

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By-the-wind-sailor  Velella velella

By-the-wind-sailor

Coralline algae

Coralline Algae