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Meet The Creatures Of The Bay

a close up of a underwater

Photo Credit – @sharejosie

As you sit back and relax for your journey with Port Phillip Ferries, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the sights and sounds of the water. But have you ever thought about what is below?

Here are some cool critters that you might be cruising over on your journey.


Turtles are common creatures in Port Phillip Bay. By keeping a keen eye out, our passengers can spot them by the water’s surface or gliding along just under it. These easygoing animals are also commonly seen in shallow waters as they lay their eggs in sand in December.

One type of turtle you may see is the Leatherback turtle. They can dive to depths of over 1,000 metres, weigh up to 900 kg, and are the world’s most widespread species of reptile.

Photo Credit – @sharejosie

As you board the ferry, you’ll see the colourful logo that is painted on its side. Seadragons are wonderful animals that can commonly be found in the bay, not just on the side of your favourite ferry.

They move slowly and use their camouflage to protect them from predators, and they drift in the water and with the leaf-like appendages resemble the swaying seaweed of their habitat.


If you’ve been out on the deck, you may have been lucky enough to spot dolphins on your trip. There are four species of dolphin that can be found in Port Phillip Bay. These include the common dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, the Burrunan dolphin and the Bottlenose dolphin. Often seen diving in and out of the waves, these friendly creatures can travel in groups of up to 30.

Life under the water is very diverse. From radical colours to the different shapes and sizes of the many types of fish – there are a lot of new friends you can spot on the journey. So, make a booking today!