Coral-copia! Great News at Great Barrier Reef- superb spawning season 2021 plus generous support from Billie Eilish #Cairns #Australia

Marine biologist, (Gareth) “Phillips said conditions have to be just right for the reef to erupt — it only happens at night, several days after a full moon, the ocean must be calm and water temperatures above 26 degrees for a full month.”

Kristy Sexton-McGrath, “Great Barrier Reef Explodes with Life…“. ABC. 11/23/2021

The Great Barrier Reef coral spawning event was captured on film by scientists off the coast of Cairns overnight. (Supplied: Calypso Productions) – one of the photos accompanying the article

“…This spawning event is another sign that the reef is recovering, it is not all doom and gloom for the reef, it is looking amazing and it is very encouraging to see it bouncing back.”

As quoted in article by Kristy Sexton-McGrath for ABC

Read the article, Sexton-McGrath, Kristy. “Great Barrier Reef explodes with life during spectacular coral spawning”. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). November 23, 2021. & view more pictures here

Billie Eilish on it –

Gil Kaufman. “Billie Eilish Teams With Coral Watch to Support Great Barrier Reef Conservation: The singer lent her song ‘Ocean Eyes’ to the campaign to save coral.” Billboard. 11/22/2021

Art Rock Cairns On Vacation At Alpine Village

Every once in a while we get to combine a bunch of different GMG themes in one picture or post. 

GMG themes present-

Ed Collard (picture taker)

Paul Frontiero (Art Rock Creator)

Paul Morrison (Cairn Aficionado)

Cairns, Art, GMG Contributors


Another one for Paul M – yesterday on the backshore

This one won’t create another disaster at breakfast for Paul…hopefully.

Click to find out about cairns and  to explore the artwork of  Andy Goldsworthy whose creations involve the use of natural and found objects.

Crazy Cairns Part II

I had the lab over to the house for a going away party for my best chemist going off to grad school. Teach them some chemistry and they run off …
Picked up a bag of bugs at the dock and they looked so nice I went to get my iPhone since I forgot my real camera. I didn’t notice that someone had slipped a kielbasa into the mix.

You really need to keep an eye on these people. So after they left at sunset I had to go for a walk as maybe I had a few too many cupcakes and got seven cairns going in the failing light. The nice tall round one was still up from two weeks ago. No wind in the forecast so these seven might hang out. Or Halibut2 might add some more.

If I did not get rid of these cupcakes I would have eaten the last four so I went to the harbormaster meeting in Rockport (every Thursday night at 7PM) and tried to bribe Rosemary and Scott into moving me up on the mooring list. Not much luck on that one but they likely succumbed to the creamy frosting right after I left.

Scott did give me ID stickers for my kayaks. I follow the Coast Guard on Twitter and it seems like half their time is spent trying to find out where the empty kayak came from. It may have just blown off a dock but they have to treat it as a lost kayaker. But if every kayak had a name and cell phone number inside the hull on an easily recognizable sticker the problem would vanish.