The sea levels were said to have risin in Moreton bay approximately 12 thousand years ago. Our ancestors were witness to this occurancance as were other tribes along the coastline of Australia who also have their dreaming stories that tell of this same event.
This painting depicts our dreaming story about how Moreton Bay filled with water and how the earth in the area got it’s red colour.
Moreton bay was not always filled with water but was once a land area with swamps. The Quandamooka people roamed this entire area from Stradbroke, Moreton to Wynnum, Cleveland to the south as far as the mouth of the Logan river.
In the dreamtime there was a battle over land, air and sea rights between the goanna, hawk and dolphin. They all wanted to be boss. The goanna had a spear. The hawk swooped down and stole it spearing the dolphin on top of his head. That is how the dolphin got his blow hole and out of that hole spilled blood and water. The blood covered the land in and around Moreton Bay turning it red and the water filled Moreton bay. The whale did not like all the fighting so he took off down south but he returns every year and meets up with his old bunji (friend) the dolphin as he heads further north. That’s why you see the dolphins near the whales during the annual whale migration.