Mar 17

March 17, 2019

Concerns About the Welfare of Leafy Seadragons at Rapid Bay

Concerns About the Welfare of Leafy Seadragons at Rapid Bay by Steve Reynolds The Scuba Divers Federation of South Australia recently issued a statement because of concerns about the welfare of leafy seadragons at Rapid Bay in light of increased diver activity whilst waiting for new steps to be built at the Port Noarlunga jetty. The statement read: – “With... Read more

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Mar 16

March 16, 2019

Sand Stars in West Lakes

Sand Stars in West Lakes by Steve Reynolds We recently received an enquiry from Jerusha King about starfish in West Lakes, as follows: – “Hello, recently starfish have started appearing on the lakes edge at Semaphore Park. I have lived in the area 6 years and have not observed them until the last month or so. Today spotted twelve in... Read more

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Feb 14

February 14, 2019

The Observed Behaviour of a Mating Pair of Krefft’s Frillgoby in an Aquarium

The Observed Behaviour of a Mating Pair of Krefft’s Frillgoby in an Aquarium by Steve Reynolds (as told to him by Dion Clarke) Dion Clarke‎ recently posted this photo on the SA Natureteers Facebook page: – It was accompanied by the comments: – “Yesterday, we noticed an orange fish in our seawater aquarium, (we don’t have an orange fish). It... Read more

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Feb 10

February 10, 2019

Scientists believe that they have proven that fish are ‘self-aware’

Scientists believe that they have proven that fish are ‘self-aware’ by Steve Reynolds Because of my interest in fish behaviour, and a desire to learn all about fish cleaning behaviour as a part of that, I was very interested to read a recent newspaper report regarding cleaner wrasse. The report only featured in The Advertiser during February 2019, even though... Read more

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Feb 8

February 8, 2019

Much More to Fletcher’s Dock Than Meets the Eye

Much More to Fletcher’s Dock Than Meets the Eye by Steve Reynolds As reported in my article titled The Dunnikier Slip (& Its Links With The City Of Adelaide) (published in our April 2008 Newsletter), Henry Fletcher built a slipway at Birkenhead between 1849 and 1851. As explained in my article, “In the 1880s, Henry Fletcher began to excavate a... Read more

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Jan 28

January 28, 2019

Second Cerianthid Sighting at Second Valley

About 4 years to the day later, I have possibly found the same Cerianthid anemone in the same location. I was diving with the same dive buddy, and it was he who pointed the anemone out to me (although he didn’t recall it afterwards). My previous sighting of a Cerianthid anemone was at Second Valley on 6th January 2015. Allan... Read more

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Jan 17

January 17, 2019

More Fish Behaviour Reports Are Coming Through

“More Fish Behaviour Reports Are Coming Through” by Steve Reynolds Since writing Blennies Found Mating in January, more information has been coming through to me regarding fish behaviour. Ralph Kinasz recently reported having built up a relationship with a ringed toadfish, Omegophora armilla. “The relationship I built with this fish was quite awesome,” he said, “but the tale is also... Read more

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Jan 6

January 6, 2019

Blennies found mating

“Blennies found mating” by Steve Reynolds During a dive at Second Valley, my buddy pointed out a pair of jumping blennies, Lepidoblennius marmoratus, sharing a loving embrace on the cliff face out on the headland. I proceeded to take a series of photos of the two blennies.  A large male would not leave the side of a smaller female. I... Read more

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Dec 31

December 31, 2018

Sand ‘Spawning Sites’

“Sand ‘Spawning Sites’ ” by Steve Reynolds I learned a bit about fish spawning sites over the Christmas/New Year break, after buying a DVD of Big Pacific with one of my birthday gift cards. Big Pacific was a four-part TV series that aired in 2017. My DVD is a two-disc set which includes a “behind the scenes” chapter. I was... Read more

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Nov 23

November 23, 2018

The Recent Storms at Port Noarlunga jetty

Written by Steve Reynolds The present Port Noarlunga jetty was built between 1919 and 1921 to replace the first jetty, built in 1855. The location for the first jetty was known as Port Onkaparinga at the time. That first jetty was demolished in 1914. The newly-built present jetty was soon damaged by storms in 1928. The Chronicle newspaper from 6th... Read more

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