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- Festive Glamour: When the festive season throws you an occasion, you need to glam it up.
- Andrew McUtchen looks for fun in cricket with former Australian cricketer Damien Fleming.
- Take a look at our Christmas Gift Guide.
In the past two years, however, marine expert and confessed water baby Sheree Marris has uncovered an equally astonishing world of wonder right on Victorias doorstep.
Since a coastal ecology excursion in high school, Marris has endeavoured to prove science and conservation to be as simple and entertaining as a leisurely trip to the beach.
In her recent book, Melbourne Down Under, Marris bridges the disconnection between science and common understanding by uncovering underwater forests, colourful reefs and an abundance of marine-dwelling species, unknown to everyday Victorians.
I hope my book helps to ignite conversation about our local, beautiful and natural marine life It is hard for people to truly understand and appreciate something they cannot see, Marris says.
Beyond Port Phillip Bays coastline of more than 260 kilometres lies an incredibly diverse and unique habitat, according to the scuba enthusiast.
Her 200-page book combines the efforts of Australias best marine photographers and cinematographers and is the first step in a four-stage effort to enhance appreciation for Melbournes underwater paradise.
Exquisite photographs are accompanied by fascinating facts for each of the bays hypnotic creatures, from neon jellyfish to delicate seahorses.
We could only feature a small fraction of the sea life that sits right under our noses. There is still so much we can discover with just a mask and a snorkel."
» Melbourne Down Under: The Jewels of Port Phillip Bay, by Sheree Marris