This is Bluey 2.0
The biggest, oldest, male groper in Gordons bay.
Clovelly was the original home of Bluey but he was unfortunately taken out by a spearfisherman in 2002. This lead to Aquatic parks and ultimately the protection of the Groper.
You generally won’t find him in the shallows he prefers the deeper less frequented waters.
Did you now that the Groper is actually a Wrasse? That it changes sex and colour. Named aptly after his striking Blue colouring Bluey at some point switches sex and colour, from the female green (see friends below) to the striking Blue seen here.
The other Gropers
The other gropers all vary in sex and colour, but have very distinguishable features and are all smaller than Bluey. Let me introduce the rest of his family.
Stripes – A male with his blue seen as 3 different blue seen vertical running across his boy.
Spike – Another male with a very noticeable tag or spike protruding from his left side.
Chunky – Another male with a huge chunk of flesh missing from his back, luckily it healed and he’s happily in the bay ever since.
Browny – I’ve seen plenty of gropers over time but never have seen one transitioning in such beautiful striped colours, and with such a brown tail.
Lucy – with such amazing eyes and when I do come across here ocean conditions always seem right, being very photogenic and having captured here eyes so sharply. “A girl with kaleidoscope eyes” Lucy in the sky with diamonds, The Beatles.
Nothing to fear here. The biggest local in the bay, Beardy, the Wobbegong. He can be seen regularly in his secret hiding holes. I’ve estimated it’s length to be over 2.5 meters, almost full size. The girth behind his head is impressive and up close you can see the power and strength this beautiful animal has.
Port Jackson’s are very common here. Not so often found so shallow.
Remember the sign at the zoo when you were a kid. “do not touch the animals”
There’s many reasons why we must respect this, not only for your safety but to ensure our marine life remains healthy.
Jellyfish and Bluebottles
The Mauve Stinger with its tiny passengers delivers a sharp and short sting, more like an electrical shock. avoid. Surfers too encounter these in the summer months. Sitting just below the surface more often than not.
The Lion’s Mane. Personally I’ve not been stung by these, but apparently its not great. avoid.
Not actually a jellyfish, the blue guy is the Portuguese man-o-war aka common blue bottle. Not deadly but does provide a nasty sting. The sting can stay with you for hours. avoid. Sits on the surface due to the bubble and usually arrive on the east coast of Australia after a few days of north easterly winds.