#156 May – June 2020
The cover star for our May–June issue is a Diplulmaris antarctica jellyfish at the medusa stage, photographed in the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. Often found near the surface, its bell can grow up to 18cm in diameter, and they feed mostly on fish larvae and molluscan pteropods. In this issue we look at the bizarre and wonderful world of jellyfish, and uncover new research into these fascinating, but often misunderstood, animals. We explore the secrets of Earth’s geological past along the world’s longest volcanic chain, the Cosgrove track, which stretches from Cape Hillsborough in Queensland south to the Victorian coast. We witness one of the world’s most extraordinary natural spectacles, the annual march of the giant spider crab as they congregate in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, ahead of their annual winter moult. We visit fire-damaged Kangaroo Valley and follow the regenerating landscapes to meet with the communities rebuilding their homes and livelihoods. We try to answer the question of artificial lawns as a greener alternative to traditional lawns in Aussie backyards, parks and sportsgrounds, and meet with our nearest neighbours in Papua New Guinea.
Plus, we have three individual 50c silver proof coins from the Royal Australian Mint’s new limited-edition Afghan Cameleers collection, valued at $85 each, to giveaway! Enter here.
Our fundraiser this issue is the greater glider. An estimated 26 per cent of the greater glider population in East Gippsland, Victoria, was killed in the 2019–2020 bushfire catastrophe, when more than 1.5 million hectares of Victoria’s bushland burned. The Victorian National Parks Association hopes to secure habitat for the surviving greater gliders by launching a campaign to protect Wombat State Forest, the westernmost part of the species’ range – and you can help!
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