Sea Slug Census needs your help

Southern Cross University is calling for volunteer divers to help out with the Gold Coast Sea Slug Census on the October long weekend.

Despite the name, Sea Slugs are nothing like the brown slugs in your backyard – there are around 3000 species identified worldwide in nearly every colour of the rainbow and in a broad variety of shapes, colours and sizes.

Divers will search the water around the South West Wall area of the Seaway during the high tide times on Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October.


Underwater Photographer Deb Aston, who is attending the event and has produced a booklet of local sea slug species, says: “Over the last five years, I have found and photographed 155 species of sea slug from the various dives sites in the Seaway.

“Populations of sea slugs in the Seaway are highly dynamic, with some present all year round, some occurring seasonally, and some that have only been recorded very rarely.

She says the chance of finding a new species of slug is one of the reasons ‘sea slug-hunters’ dive the site regularly.

Register your interest to help out through the Gold Coast Sea Slug Census Facebook page.