Port Phillip Bay: Underwater Backyard
Film: Underwater Backyard, 2014, film, by Dr Julian Finn, Senior Curator, Marine Invertebrates, Museums Victoria.
Curation notes by: Lucinda Horrocks, Wind & Sky Productions.Contributors
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This underwater footage provides an immersive experience of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Melbourne’s ‘underwater backyard.’
Filmed by Dr Julian Finn, Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates at Museums Victoria, the underwater footage is not only a record of the state of Port Phillip Bay in 2014 when the footage was collected but is a beautiful watching experience for museum visitors and curious viewers. The film was originally projected in a dome so that viewers were surrounded by the sensation of a marine environment.
Port Phillip Bay in Victoria is home to a diversity of exquisite marine life including fish, corals, birds, crustaceans, plants, algae and mammals. It is also home to a busy commercial shipping port and abuts Melbourne, Victoria’s populous capital city.
Population growth, climate change, marine pests, fishing and shipping all threaten life in the bay. Litter from rubbish and fishing waste is harmful to fur seals. As climate change brings more extreme floods and droughts excess nutrients, sediments and pollution may flood into the bay, putting water quality and species health at risk. Warming waters due to climate change may affect spawning of species such as King George Whiting. And sea level rises will bring changes to water quality and habitats.
Species are on the move, including the western blue groper, a big fish that lives to aged 70 and changes sex from female to male when it turns about 30, that is taking residence in Port Phillip Bay due to warmer waters.
Curation notes by: Lucinda Horrocks, Wind & Sky Productions.
[This film has no dialogue]