National parks: Crown of thorns starfish and cane toads

In Stage 2’s exploration of the HSIE unit, Australia’s national parks, we are looking at the problem of introduced species, feral animals and fragile ecosystems that become unbalanced.

Invasion Of The Deadly Cane Toads – Australia with Simon Reeve – BBC

Killing Star Fish to Save the Great Barrier Reef – Australia with Simon Reeve – BBC

Crown of thorns starfish Monster from the shallows trailer

Zeeko and the waving golden frogs

At today’s Musica Viva performance, the members of the musical group Zeeko sang a song that featured a species of endangered toad, the Golden Frog, the males of which have a call so soft (and obscured by the noise of running water in its homeland), that it has delevoped a unique hand wave when approaching other males:

Attenborough: Golden Frog: fighting & mating – Life in cold blood – BBC wildlife