These two photos are of pied cormorants taken near a spot known as the Chinamans Cap which is a place where bachelor Australian Fur-seals hang out (shown in the following pics).
The next three photos are of the seals. They are interesting to watch and there are more seals than there is room on this platform so there is a continual jostle for the best spots to sun yourself.
Aside from birds and mammals there are representatives from a number of different phylums (animal groups) in the bay. To see what some of them are we collected a few buckets of seaweed from about 12m of water and looked through it closely. It takes a few moments but you start to see all sorts of things moving in amongst the weed. The weed is put in trays with water so that creatures can be put back in the water after we inspect what is living there.
Another marine phylum known as the Echinoderms (meaning spiny skin) is represented by a few different types of related animals. Sea-stars, sea-urchins, sea-cucumbers, are all in the group. This one in the pic below is an Eleven-armed sea-star (juvenile). Echinoderms are the only other group apart from vertebrates that have an internal calcareous skeleton. They have a water vascular system and many can regrow a lost arm ( even the arm that is removed will grow into a new individual as well if it isn't too damaged). This one is growing new arms - eventually they will all be even in size. The spines on sea stars are often not sharp at all but like like little projections all over the body.
5. Gastropod - This is an Anemone Cone. These are some of the more evolved gastropods. They are carnivores and from the proboscis (snout) protruding from the front of they creature they are able to shoot a poisonous harpoon which paralyses their prey. This species feeds on bristle worms. Some species of this family are extremely dangerous and have been known to kill people. This southern variety is not considered to be extremely dangerous but handling them is probably not a good idea. An attack by one of these may not be life threatening but it apparently feels a bit like a bee sting.
The next two photos are bristle stars. They are the greyhounds of the seastar world in that they can actually move quite quickly.
These two photos are two different species of hermit crabs. Both are in shells about 10mm in size.
Phylum - Cnidarians - Sea anemones
This next anemone is called a walking anemone as it doesnt stay attached to the substrate like many other anemones. All anemones have stinging cells (nematocysts) in their tentacles that they use for catching food. These anemones will eat fish larger than themselves, catching them with their tentacles after the stinging cells have paralised it, taking many hours to eat the whole thing. The other anemone we saw is the Orange and White anemone which is on the bivlaves in the beginning of the post.