Local residents of Rutherford Inlet and Watson Creek embarked upon a trip on Western Port aboard the Tidemaster this month.
The group visited places many locals have never seen, including the bird sanctuary Barrilla Island and Yaringa Marine National Park, and were rewarded with sightings of migratory and rare birds as well as a curious seal!
The day was organised by the Western Port Biosphere in conjunction with City of Casey and Mornington Peninsula Shire to help broaden knowledge of how our activities on land can affect the marine environment.
One resident noted, “It’s been great to see Western Port in a new way. So many different birds that fly half-way around the world just to visit here, it’s amazing!”