Tangalooma was originally a whaling station. Later on, the Tangalooma Island Resort was built on the site of the old whaling station. The relics of the original whaling station are a feature of the resort. The wrecks—now also a popular dive spot—were placed there to create an anchorage for vessels so boaties can drop anchor right beside the wrecks. These anchoring sites are in high demand, so it is best to arrive midweek to secure your spot.
The wrecks at Tangalooma on Moreton Island lie halfway between Cowan Cowan Point and Tangalooma Point. Unfortunately, there is not much protection against the predominant summer north-easterlies or predominant winter south-easterlies. Westerlies during winter can also cause a very uncomfortable night if sleeping on board your vessel. Having said that, if you are visiting the wrecks for diving, then winter offers the best water clarity.
(Retrieved from http://boatgoldcoast.com.au/boaties-guide-to-a-tangalooma-adventure/ January 30, 2017)
If this were just unique to Peel Island one might say, it is just about erosion and over use. The same scenario can be seen at Coochiemudlo Island, Flinders Beach and Blakesley’s, Minjerriba. Rising sea levels are real and palpable. Perhaps the loss of residential and resort seaside property to the ocean and depreciating land values will spur government and corporations to cap pollutant emissions into the environment.
Dave Hannan writes “Vanishing World. All dead – from bleaching event earlier this year ….coral structure in place to remind us for a little while of what once was. No-one had ever dived this place before I filmed this. Its beautiful though – death in nature”.
The NOAA colour coded charts indicate alert levels on Coral Bleaching 2017.
Dave Hannan from the Tara Expedition says “The entire area I’ve been documenting and Pete West looks likely to be hit again this …. 3rd year in a row. Much of it was already dead. That’s Papeete to Guam and further. Including Australia again. Pretty much the whole of Pacific and Indian Oceans It’s looking like the most massive die off imaginable for corals will be the result of last 3 years climate change impacts on ocean temperature. This is an example of a global subject /ocean issue we should look at for one of my Cicada award categories and prizes”.
At a recent gathering of environmentalists in Cleveland’s Red Place it was suggested that the picking up of debris from the waters of the Quandamooka and the Bay is Council’s responsibility.
Sitting on the verandah of a dear friend who resides in West End, we talked about volunteering for community endeavour and that it is an act of citizenship. Active ‘citizenship’ is in itself a political act in defiance of the ‘client’ mindset endemic in our society. If we all were to adopt the way of thinking that ‘Someone should be paid to do this’ – be that pick up refuse, make art or deliver West End Derby, then we give away our power rather than claim power.
Volunteering in iand of itself is a way to understand our own and the identity of others, also issues facing our community and environs.