School holidays offers time to (sea) monkey around on Rottnest Island


Deone van der Westhuizen, events and wedding co-ordinator Rottnest Island Authority. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Deone van der Westhuizen, events and wedding co-ordinator Rottnest Island Authority. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

SEARCHING for sea monkeys in salt lakes is among school holiday activities on Rottnest Island next month.

The one-hour activity involves catching sea monkeys in magnifying cases and releasing them after learning more about the minute species that comprises females and no males.

Rottnest Island Authority project officer Perena Lukies said females fertilised their own eggs and cloned themselves.

“Sea monkeys can lay dormant for five years and when they eat red algae, they change colour,” Mrs Lukies said.

Other activities include Birds of Rottnest, Yarns for Youngsters and Pirate Pete as well as Reefs and Wrecks, Quokka and Settlement History walks.

The activities run from July 3-16.