The short-snouted seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the North Atlantic. It is found in shallow muddy waters or rocky areas, in estuaries or inshore amongst seaweed and seagrasses, clinging by the tail or swimming upright. Many of the habitats of this species have been degraded by humans, and animals located in the habitat are vulnerable to incidental capture in other fisheries.
More about this seahorse: Encyclopedia of Life
Image by Hans Hillewaert via Flickr
Walter Cronkite (via observando)
Australia so far is everything that I could have hoped for and more. I still haven’t wrapped my mind around the fact that I’m going to be living in this country for the next four months. To begin, the travel wasn’t as horrible as I anticipated. With the exception of the pure amount of time it took to arrive, the flights were somewhat enjoyable (for as much as a 14 hour flight could be). The landscape is captivating; going from ‘the bush’ to 20 kilometers worth of dairy farms and all to the coastline of the Great Ocean Road within the span of an hour.
I’ve already spent three days in Lorne, which is a picturesque town along the GOR filled with small-town shops, cafes and surfing. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to move there in the future. It was filled with welcome activities pre-planned by Deakin, which was beyond what I ever expected. We surfed (that’s right, I stood up on a surf board and was surprisingly good - I may or may not be in the search for my own board), hiked, did yoga on the beach, and enjoyed the night-life. Above is a picture of the most precious puppy that sat and watched us do yoga for an hour, and I was very tempted to steal him away back to campus with me. There was an incredibly sandwich place called The Bottle Of Milk, which I would highly recommend to anyone that finds themselves in Lorne in the future. Overall the quality of food is a lot greater than the food in America - it may have to do with the lack of processed, hormone-and-steroid-filled meat here. As well as the fresh farms and farmers markets producing organic fruit and veggies. The increase in price is definitely worth it in my opinion. Definitely don’t try the vegemite, however their mango ice-cream is to die for.
After Lorne, I traveled by train back to campus at Warrnambool, another maritime picturesque town located on the coast along the GOR. While I’ve only been here for two days, I’ve already fallen in love with the town, campus and people in general here. Everyone is incredibly open and welcoming, making the transition that much enjoyable. The slang is a bit difficult to understand at times but it’s hilarious to hear Aussies try to explain and translate phrases into terms I would know. My housemates have made my first couple of days here incredible, making me feel welcome, taking me food shopping, and taking the time to show me around. I’m blown away by how genuinely nice everyone here is. If this is any indication of how the next four months are going to go, not only will I have the time of my life but I probably won’t leave (just kidding, mom - I know my flight is booked, but Grad school here is definitely going to occur).
Hey! If you didn’t know, I’m in Australia for the next four months! Follow me on the above blog for updates of my adventures to come!!