Underwater Sydney

August 2019
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    27th August 2019
  • ISBN 9781486311187
  • Language English
  • Pages 168 pp.
  • Size 8" x 8"
  • Images 7 maps & 140 color photos

Admired all over the world and loved by locals for its natural beauty, Sydney Harbour is enjoyed by thousands of people every day. But rarely do we look below the surface where, beneath all the hustle and bustle, lively communities go about their business. With underwater forests and gardens, hundreds of species of fish and thousands of invertebrates, Sydney is as colorful and diverse below the water as it is above!

Underwater Sydney celebrates Sydney’s incredible harbor and coast through eclectic stories and stunning underwater photography. It also explores the challenges the harbor is facing today after more than 200 years of coastal development and the role that marine science plays in maintaining the harbor’s health. Underwater Sydney will open your eyes to the rich marine life that makes the Sydney estuary and coast so special.

  • Features engaging stories based on informative science and accompanied by color photographs of diverse and charismatic marine life
  • Offers an overview of the Sydney Harbour environment, including intertidal rocky shores, submerged sandstone reefs, sponge gardens, beaches and sandy bays, mangroves, and the interplay with the built environment
  • Each chapter is introduced with an above-water photograph of a location to anchor the story, and includes a mini map of the locations where visitors can find a certain underwater community.

About the authors
Intertidal rocky shores
Underwater forests
Sponge gardens
More than sand – beaches and seagrass meadows
Mud and mangroves
Novel habitats
Ocean travellers and visitors
The future of Sydney Harbour
Underwater photography
What can I do?

Inke Falkner

Inke Falkner is a marine ecologist who focuses on creative science and environmental education. In her role as Community Outreach Coordinator at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, she developed and established an extensive marine science program for primary and high school students focusing on Sydney Harbour. She also curated the content for the Institute’s Discovery Centre and ran educational harbor cruises and foreshore walks featuring the amazing underwater world of Sydney Harbour. Having moved to the Southern Tablelands, NSW, she now works as a freelance science communicator.

John Turnbull

John Turnbull is a marine ecologist, social scientist and passionate underwater photographer. John has dived extensively in Sydney Harbour and along the coastline and knows the inhabitants of these waters extremely well. His delightful and exciting photographs bring this book to life. A few years ago, John traded a life in the business sector to pursue his passion for marine conservation, and he is currently researching the relationship between humans, nature and stewardship of the marine environment at the University of New South Wales.

Natural History
Marine Ecology