Sea Life Australia is an informative guide to the common species found throughout Australia's marine habitats. Over 950 species are featured in this guide using photography and information based on the authors experiences while diving and snorkeling around Australia. Sea Life Australia has been years in the making which has consisted of many field trips to areas of high marine diversity. The species in this app were carefully selected based on the likelihood of an encounter in popular diving or snorkeling locations around Australia. Australia is home to thousands of marine animals and at least one representative from a total of 300 animal families can be found in this guide. Each animal is displayed in its family group to help the reader further identify species that are not included. Any significant species that have been left off in the initial version of this guide will be submitted in future updates.


- Over 950 species featured.
- Over 500 species of fish
- Over 400 species of invertebrates
- All species identified and put into family groups.
- Species information includes: Common name, latin name, size, distribution, description and general facts.
- Photo ID feature to scroll through all 950 images for easy identification.
- Swipe between species
- Search for species using common name or latin name.
- Future updates will include dive sites and species logs.


Sea Life Australia is an easy to use identification and information guide that can be used by both experts and those who are new to identifying marine life. Species can be searched by simply looking through thumbnails or for the more experienced enthusiast, typing Latin names into a search bar. Although many popular fishing species are included in this app, it is not a designed as a fishing app. The species were selected with divers, snorkelers and marine enthusiasts in mind. Having said that, anyone around the world interested in learning about Australia's incredible marine diversity should find this app worthwhile.


John Gaskell has a Bachelor's in Science: Marine Biology and Education: Primary and Secondary. John's passion for Australian marine life and marine education has taken him around Australia and the world observing and photographing countless marine species. In 2009, John co-authored the popular marine life / snorkel guide 'Beneath our bay' and went on to develop the iPhone App 'Sea Life Victoria'. After spending 2013 documenting Australia's west coast, John now works as a marine biologist in the Whitsundays, QLD. All images were taken by John Gaskell at locations ranging from Australia's temperate kelp forests in the south, to the tropical coral reefs in the north.

What’s New

Version 2.00

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Added support for iOS 11.
Added support for iPad.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Emma bear 96. ,

This is wonderful for my future!

I might be only eleven but when I grow older I really want to be a marine biologist. I’ve been looking for a good app that could give me lots of information about sea life and then I came across this app. It is incredible, I don’t have any negatives! Keep this app upgraded and everyone who wants to dedicate their life to the water will get this app. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CREATING THIS!

From future marine biologist (Emma)

The Caviar Kid ,

Exceptional from a clear expert

I am one of Australia's premier SCUBA divers who has traversed the world. In my current life and previous lives I have never come across such an informative and detailed guide to the creatures from the deep blue. I will be gifting this app as Christmas presents come December. Even if this app didn't exist I would buy it. Compliments to the creator, a true waterman and one of the greatest wordsmiths of the modern era. How can I give it more stars?

maninthewoolenmask ,

Amazing pictures, great coverage!!!

I was already a big fan of the "Sea Life Victoria" app,
but the information and coverage of such a wide range of animals is amazing.
Amazing clear and colourful pics too!!
Can't wait to see what future updates bring to such a handy guide.

App Privacy

The developer, John Gaskell, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

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