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What it looks like: Male Gouldian Finches are small multi-coloured birds with black or red heads, violet breasts and yellow bellies. Females and young birds are mostly green. Gouldian Finches are found in small or large flocks, often with other finch species, and can most easily be seen at waterholes.

What it looks like: The Olive Ridley is the smallest Australian sea turtle, only reaching 70 cm in length. It has an olive-grey shell, with six large scales along either side of its back.

What it looks like: The Sei Whale is a large baleen whale that can grow to about 16 metres long. It is dark blue-grey on the back and paler below, with a small prominent fin about two-thirds of way down its body. It has a single ridge from the tip of its snout to its blowhole, and numerous throat grooves.

What it looks like: Narrow-leaf Climbing Pandan is a branching, woody climber that attaches to trees with roots produced along its stems. It has long, fine prickly leaves, produces yellow male and white female flowers in separate spikes and has strawberry-red cone-like fruits.

What it looks like: The Masked Owl is a large, speckled bird with big, dark eyes and a narrow pointed bill set in a pale, flat, heart-shaped face. Its chest and belly are white or chestnut, and its back and wings are dark grey to brown. It has strong-clawed, well-feathered legs. It calls with a combination of loud shrieks and whistles.

What it looks like: The Loggerhead Turtle has the largest head of all sea turtles found in Northern Territory waters. Adults can also be identified from their reddish-brown shells that have five large scutes along either side. Hatchlings have dark brown shells and light brown underbellies. They leave asymmetrical tracks in the sand because of their loping gait.

What it looks like: The King Fern, elsewhere known as the Giant Fern, is a distinctive large ground-dwelling fern with massive green fronds arising from a short or non-existent trunk.

What it looks like: The Hawksbill Turtle gets its name from its prominent upper jaw, which gives it a beak-like appearance. Its high-domed, heart-shaped shell is olive-green to brown with black, brown or red-brown markings, and has overlapping scales. They leave asymmetrical tracks in the sand because of their loping gait.

What it looks like: The Green Turtle is the most abundant of sea turtles in Northern Territory waters. It can be distinguished from other turtles by its olive-green, heart-shaped, darkly patterned shell and four pairs of shields between the centre and outer margin of the shell. Adults can grow to a metre long. They leave a symmetrical trail in the sand.

What it looks like: Emus are huge flightless birds with long legs and necks. They can grow to nearly 2 metres tall. Their shaggy plumage can vary in colour from pale greyish brown to greyish buff with black spots. Young Emus are striped dark brown over a buff-coloured down.