These large grey mounds, known as stromatolites are said to be the oldest record of life on earth, with only a few colonies still in existence. But now scientists have discovered that they’re thriving in the Tasmanian wilderness.
The massive network of rocky reefs that lines much of southern Australia’s coastline is a shadowy cold-water underworld dominated by brown seaweeds known as kelp. The Great Southern Reef might not be as visually flamboyant as Australia’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef, with its colourful hard corals and sunlit shallow waters, but its communities of creatures are unlike anything else worldwide.
The vulnerable Tasmanian freshwater lobster, threatened by land clearing, could be saved by a crowdfunding campaign that will produce a beer labelled ‘Giant Lobster Ale’.
Despite the rediscovery of a string of Australian species thought to be extinct, researchers have debunked a popular belief that Tasmanian devils survived on the mainland into last century.
Mt Field National Park is a pocket-sized degustation of the best that Tasmanian wilderness has to offer.