Water frontage on Gold Coast with space to settle into

first_imgThere is a range of living spaces.One upstairs bedroom features a deluxe ensuite, while the remaining three offer water and garden views with built-in wardrobes. The bedroom downstairs impressively boasts a personal courtyard and shares the lower level floor with two bathrooms.Next door to a leafy park and close to schools, this is an ideal family home. The property will go under the hammer next weekend. 28 Bollard Cct, Clear Island Waters will go under the hammer next weekend.THE tranquil waters are best viewed from the outdoor, covered dining pavilion that’s flanked by lush gardens, tiered timber decking and pool. With 19m of water frontage, there’s plenty to lap up at the north-facing property. Polished floors and soaring ceilings invoke spacious living spaces.center_img The residence has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoLarge windows show off stunning water views from inside the residence, where polished floors and soaring ceilings invoke spacious living spaces. “Immaculately presented, with an intriguing mix of softening curves and clean lines, this award-winning home will be sure to appeal,” its listing states. The gourmet kitchen links with the outdoor alfresco area, and there’s a choice between open plan formal living and dining spaces. last_img read more

More gray whales are risking their lives for shrimp cocktail

first_img Email iStock.com/randimal By Elizabeth PennisiOct. 26, 2017 , 12:00 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) HALIFAX, CANADA—Among cetaceans, gray whales are the curmudgeons: They’re often reclusive and set in their ways, spending much of their time nosing alone along the Arctic Ocean bottom for tasty invertebrates. But a dozen gray whales along the coast of Washington state are showing that even loners can get social. Using special suction cup tags with cameras and sensors—plus high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth—marine biologists have found that a small party of whales has started detouring 200 kilometers to feast on ghost shrimp during their annual northward migration—and that the party is getting bigger all the time. That behavior reveals that even gray whales can learn new tricks from their companions, the scientists say.Perhaps the biggest surprise was that the whales are spending “a lot” of time together, said John Calambokidis, a marine mammal researcher at the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, here at this week’s biennial meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.Calambokidis and others have been logging the whales’ visits since two showed up in 1991 in the delta of the Snohomish River that feeds into Puget Sound; by 2015 there were a dozen. At least one—a female they’ve dubbed Earhart after the famous aviator—has been coming year after year. These whales spend about 3 months hanging out in the delta, Calambokidis explained, despite the risk of being stranded. Over time, they have attracted whale watchers and ignited the concerns of local fishermen, who also harvest the 7-centimeter, whitish ghost shrimp for live bait. The shrimp spend most of their lives in complex burrows that require just the right mix of sand and mud. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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To find out exactly what was going on, the team outfitted 11 whales with suction cup tags that included a camera, a motion detector, and a depth sounder. They collected 130 hours of video, with one tag lasting 67 hours before falling off. One video showed that as three so-called “sounders” (named after a local soccer team) came into the delta on the rising tide, they jostled one another and tailed Earhart so closely that they knocked her video camera around to face backward. Once they reached the mudflats, they put their heads down in about 2 meters of water and stirred up the sediment, sucking in both grit and thousands of ghost shrimp in one great, easy gulp. Hours later, they escaped back to the deeper water as the tide ebbed. There, the whales—not known for such collegiality—hang out together on the bottom, waiting for the next high tide. More gray whales are risking their lives for shrimp cocktail While working on another project, Cascadia marine biologist Nathan Harrison realized he could see where the whales excavated food in the mudflats—thanks to satellite images from Google Earth, in which their feeding pits appear as dark blotches. He scoured Google archives and found 10 days in which the tide was low enough to make out the 2-meter-by-1-meter depressions left by the whales. He counted up to 19,447 such pits. “To be able to use satellite images that were not collected for that purpose for scientific research is amazing,” says Allison Henry, a marine biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, who was not involved in the work.In the mudflats, the prey are 10 times more concentrated than in deeper water, Calambokidis reported, letting the whales consume up to 300 metric tons of shrimp while feeding in the delta. “These whales are really important ecologically,” says co-author David Cade, a marine biologist at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California. That’s because they turn over a lot of sediment and cycle the shrimp back into the food web.The whales first appeared more than 25 years ago when there seemed to be a food shortage, and more showed up in 1999, during similar conditions, Calambokidis explained. Hunger may have driven Earhart to try something new, and she gradually showed others the way to this jackpot, revealing unexpected social connections in the process.last_img read more