Moreton Bay Marine Park is one of the largest and most unique estuarine bays in Australia, home to a variety of both tropical and temperate Moreton Bay marine animals such as turtles, wobbegong sharks, stingrays, manta ray, gropers, tropical and reef fish, bottlenose dolphins, dugongs, and whales (during humpback migration season).
Dugongs are an import part of the Moreton Bay marine life, the world’s only fully vegetarian marine mammal and the only sea cow in Australian waters. Australian dugong habitats span from Shark Bay in Western Australia to our own Moreton Bay and also extend to north Queensland. It is believed there are 80,000 dugongs in Australian waters with approximately 14 000 off the coast of Queensland.
Dugongs are considered 'threatened' and are protected in the waters of Moreton Bay.
When the winter chill starts to merge on the southern hemisphere, over 25,000 humpback whales will make their way up the eastern coast of Australian in search for warmer waters. Making the annual migration all the way from Antarctica, each pod will follow the same path their entire life as they head north to breed.
Whale season usually kicks off around June and ends in October.
Moreton Bay Marine Park is a fishing enthusiasts paradise, perfect for throwing a line in, but before you venture out into our pristine waters on the hunt for the next ‘big one’, avoid a nasty fine by familiarising yourself with zoning restrictions, and the boating & fishing Moreton Bay guidelines.
Pumicestone Passage, the channel which separates Bribie Island from the mainland, is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and acts as a rich habitat for a diversity of bird and marine life. The passage and the bay offer great opportunities for marine life spotting, including dolphins, dugongs and migratory birds.
From its northern mouth opening into the ocean off the Caloundra coastline, to its southern end filtering into Deception Bay - Pumicestone Passage is a 35 kilometre ecological marvel and a waterway wonderland of fun.
Watch the video below from our local Marine Biologist, Mat Davis from Coastal Protection Core as he talks about the importance of the Wrecks at Moreton Island.