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A Lobster's Tale

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An intriguing insight into the life cycle of the western rock lobster or West Australian crayfish - a $60 million a year export earner - is gained by researchers ranging from the Perth suburb of Marmion hundreds of kilometres north to treacherous coastal reefs and beyond.

Produced in 1979.

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00:31:23 | Search lights underwater
00:31:35 | Title over rock lobster walking on reef
00:31:45 | Underwater - diver catching lobster and putting in net
00:32:12 | Fishing port, Lobster boat activities-crew unloading catch
00:32:44 | Exterior fishery building - catch being delivered by truck
00:32:51 | Processing of lobster catch, live lobsters emptied from bags, cleaningand packing
00:33:41 | Preparation of lobster in restaurant
00:34:10 | Underwater - crayfish trap descending to sea floor
00:34:19 | UW - fish swimming past coral
00:34:29 | Lobster walking on reef underwater
00:34:38 | Limestone reef and fish, researcher swimming over reef looking forlobster
00:35:01 | Shark
00:35:06 | Diver collecting lobster from reef
00:35:23 | Female lobster underside displayed showing sperm packets depositedby male
00:35:40 | CSIRO Fisheries and Oceanography, Marmion WS:FO
00:35:50 | Dr. Bruce Phillips CSIRO in office with map of WA coast
00:36:26 | Aerial - coastline scene and close up reefs along coastline
00:36:47 | Underwater - fish shoals in reefs, old wives, sandray, bronze whalershark, sea hair mollusc, coral, abalone
00:38:26 | Underwater - lobster going under rock ledge
00:38:36 | Diver exploring reef underwater
00:39:01 | Diver collecting lobster - shows underside of female with eggs,gravid
00:39:25 | Interview - Dr. Bruce Phillips - diagrammatic representation oflobster life cycle
00:39:52 | Graphics - map S.W. W.A. showing lobster areas
00:40:09 | Lobster eggs P larvae close up
00:40:29 | Graphics of larvae migration
00:40:41 | Floating larvae close up, Phyllosoma
00:40:50 | Graphics - Phyllosoma movement
00:41:18 | Ocean trawling for lobster larvae, net taken aboard, catch washedinto plankton bucket
00:42:44 | Plankton in petri dish
00:42:50 | Microscopic views of plankton
00:43:15 | Plankton washed into plastic container
00:43:27 | Microscopic view of phyllosoma - later stages of development
00:43:43 | Graphics - Phyllosoma movement and ocean currents
00:44:10 | Microscopic view of phyllosoma
00:44:16 | Graphics - ocean currents off S.W.W.A. and movement puerulus
00:44:46 | Puerulus in hand
00:44:53 | Launch near shore collecting artificial seaweed puerulus larvaetrap, Leon Olson sieving catch , examining larvae
00:47:35 | Underwater - artificial seaweed in position, outboard motor launchpowering off
00:47:44 | Underwater scene - reef - fish
00:47:57 | Researchers on boat retrieve lobster trap, measure P tag lobster,return lobster to sea
00:48:48 | Tagged lobster floating down from surface
00:49:27 | Underwater - fish, shark, stingray, octopus - ejects ink
00:50:25 | Octopus catching lobster
00:50:48 | Diver searching
00:51:05 | CSIRO lab - WS:FO
00:51:11 | Lobster moulting - shell splits and old shell is discarded
00:52:06 | Slow motion replay of moult
00:52:34 | No Description Available
00:52:44 | Lindsay Joll and Simon Bren(CSIRO) preparing for dive at night
00:53:35 | UW - searching for lobsters with search lights
00:54:22 | End