Search for sea mon­keys among is­land ac­tiv­i­ties

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SEARCH­ING for sea mon­keys in salt lakes is among school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties on Rot­tnest Is­land next month.

The one-hour ac­tiv­ity in­volves catch­ing sea mon­keys in mag­ni­fy­ing cases and re­leas­ing them af­ter learn­ing more about the minute species that com­prises fe­males and no males.

Rot­tnest Is­land Au­thor­ity project of­fi­cer Per­ena Lukies said fe­males fer­tilised their own eggs and cloned them­selves.

“Sea mon­keys can lay dor­mant for five years and when they eat red al­gae, they change colour,” Mrs Lukies said.

Other hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude Birds of Rot­tnest, Yarns for Young­sters and Pi­rate Pete as well as Reefs and Wrecks, Quokka and Set­tle­ment His­tory walks. The ac­tiv­i­ties run from July 3-16. Visit www.rot­tnestis­­and-do/is­land-ac­tiv­i­ties/school-hol­i­day­ac­tiv­i­ties.

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