2019 Gold Coast Sea Slug Census

Be a citizen scientist - sign up for the *Gold Coast Sea Slug Census 

*Please note you do not have to be a certified diver to participate.

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Citizen scientists are invited to sign up and dive in for the annual Gold Coast Sea Slug Census on September 28 and 29 to photograph the brightly coloured creatures.

The underwater treasure hunt with a difference will take place over 48 hours in the coastal waters of the Gold Coast at sites ranging from South Stradbroke Island to Cook Island.

Local and visiting divers will be vying for various prizes to show their prowess in finding and photographing sea slugs, known as ‘underwater butterflies’, which are often brightly-coloured, ranging from 4mm to 40cm in size. They are invertebrates, and important indicators of environmental change because of their rapid life cycles and specific feeding requirements.

The Sea Slug Census contributes to valuable marine research through Southern Cross University, where scientists use this data to map the distribution of sea slugs and identify changes to these patterns over time.

Through teaming up with local community organisations and volunteers, Southern Cross University has coordinated events with groups in eight Australian locations and in Indonesia. In total more than 1500 citizen scientists, scuba divers and snorkelers taking photos to document hundreds of species and new regional records.

The Gold Coast Sea Slug Census is a research partnership between volunteer divers and Southern Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre, made possible through the generous support of local businesses and the dedicated Gold Coast Sea Slug Census organising committee.

To sign up for the Gold Coast Sea Slug Census complete the registration form and waiver and email it to goldcoastseaslugcensus@gmail.com

For more information about hosting a Sea Slug Census in another location please email Professor Steve Smith at seaslugcensus@scu.edu.au