Volunteer Spotlight: Josh Moloney

May 20-26th 2019 is National Volunteer Week and to celebrate we're putting some of our volunteers under the spotlight! For day 1 of National Volunteer Week meet New South Wales diver, Josh Moloney.
By Reef Life Survey
May 20, 2019
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1. Can you give us a bit of background on you: occupation, interests, passions etc.

I’m a casually employed support worker looking for an opportunity to work in my field as a marine biologist/ ecologist. I’m interested in aquatic conservation and passionate about better understanding the sometimes weird but mostly wonderful things that it supports.


2. When did you join RLS & what made you want to get involved?

I was certified at the beginning of the 2018 Sydney RLS, just in time to pitch in. I got involved to contribute to something useful which helps improve our understanding of the marine environment. I also wanted to expand my knowledge of underwater species.

Pocillopora damicornis. Photo by Josh Moloney
3. What has been your most memorable survey/ RLS moment?

I had my head buried in some thick Eclonia radiata algae on a cryptic fish & invertebrate search (Method 2) when I had the sudden urge to pop my head up for a look around. Just at that moment a gorgeous two-and-a-half meter Grey Nurse Shark (Carcharias taurus) brushed past me; a massive buzz that I’ll never forget it!


4. How long have you been diving, & which is your favourite dive spot?

I’ve been diving for about 5 years and love Blue Fish Point, North Head, Sydney. Both times I’ve dived there the visibility has been spectacular (20 m plus) and there’s always lots to see (probably because of the visibility).


5. What are your favourite species to encounter on a dive?

Aspasmogaster costata (Eastern Clingfish) is mad cute, all the weedfish that think they’re incognito and Eastern Gobbleguts (Vincentia novaehollandiae) of course lurking in a tight spot, so basically cryptic fish in general.

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