Oct 16

October 16, 2017

Krefft’s Frillgoby, Bathygobius krefftii

I’ve long yearned to have a fish species, or any species at all, named after me. That doesn’t look like happening in a hurry, but I now feel content that I have at least had some influence, no matter how small, on the name of a fish species. The story behind this ‘naming’ commenced when I photographed this little fish that was found in one of Catherine McMahon’s oyster monitoring baskets at Outer Harbor recently: –        The Krefft’s Frillgoby, Bathygobius…

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Oct 10

October 10, 2017

The small congolli that I found ‘belly up’ at Myponga Beach

I recently collected a small congolli that I found effectively ‘belly up’. The small congolli effectively ‘belly up’ (Taken by David Muirhead) Actually, it was lying on its side, on the shallow bottom towards one sandy rubbly bank of the moderately briskly outflowing but very narrow rivulet. The small congolli lying on its side, on the shallow bottom  (Taken by David Muirhead) The rivulet, barely 2 metres wide at that point, was running across the beach towards the sea, since the tide was out…

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Oct 6

October 6, 2017

My Cetacean Sighting at Carrickalinga

In the afternoon of 3rd October, I saw a pair of (what I STRONGLY suspect were) some sort of pygmy or dwarf cetacean, species indeterminate. I saw them from the lookout at Carrickalinga’s Roma Mitchell Reserve. They were quite close to shore and moving rapidly north towards Myponga Beach.  Both were less than two metres long and absolutely were not bottlenose dolphins, or pinnipeds, or so on.  I’m surer about this than I otherwise would have been, because about four years…

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Oct 5

October 5, 2017

An evening with Steve Parish

Tony Isaacson, MLSSA Life Member, attended a (workshop?) evening presented by Steve Parish at the Beerwah Library in Queensland this month. Tony with a promotional poster (Taken by Tony?) Steve is a well-published photographer (more than 2500 published books over 50 Years). His first book, “Australia’s Ocean of Life” was published in 1974 (as Stephen Parish): – A screen shot taken during Steve’s talk (Taken by Tony?) Steve started diving in South Australia in the 1960s. He was introduced to…

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Sep 25

September 25, 2017

Long-nosed fur seal at Encounter-Bay by Emma Monceaux

Long-nosed fur seals hauling out at the Fort Glanville breakwater

I had a pleasant surprise on Friday afternoon, when I was treated to an intimate encounter with South Australia’s most notorious pinniped. I’m talking about Arctocephalus forsteri, the long-nosed fur seal; loved by many and detested by some. Previously known as the New Zealand fur seal, its common name caused some confusion in the community, as people falsely assumed that the species wasn’t native to Australia. In South Australia, its population is actually still recovering from intensive sealing efforts in the…

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Sep 19

September 19, 2017

More About the Normanville Communication Cable

Further to my article “The 1875 Communication Cable from Normanville to Kangaroo Island”, whether the cable was installed in during the 1860s or the 1870s, has been a niggling doubt for the author. The few historical records I’d come across seemed to vary a bit as to key dates with regards to the draft project’s definitive government funding approval date, works commencement and completion dates, and even the official opening ceremony date. Several years ago, I read an old newspaper article, reprinted in one of several…

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Sep 17

September 17, 2017

Pipefish encounters: One genus, two species, endless entertainment

Encounters of the kind below are not what most of us expect when at the beach for a swim and a bit of relaxation on a nice summer day. Which adds a special touch, for me at least. You can wade bare-footed at knee to waist depth off almost any white sandy beach in Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf and see several species of pipefish that specialize  in hiding in and around the edges  of those dark patches of seagrass detritus that are…

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Sep 13

September 13, 2017

The 1875 Communication Cable from Normanville to Kangaroo Island

In December 1875, a submarine communication cable ran from Normanville to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. Society member and local resident, David Muirhead sent us the following details and photographs concerning the cable: – The spot where the communication cable to Kangaroo Island ran into the sea at Normanville (Taken by David Muirhead) The jigsaw-shaped bit of wet sand at the water’s edge on the northern corner (far right in the image) is exactly where the communication cable from the mainland…

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Sep 3

September 3, 2017

Artefacts from Argosy Lemal at Port River Sailing Club

As I stated in my article titled “Follow-up on the Schooners Lemael & Booya” at http://mlssa.org.au/2016/09/09/follow-up-on-the-schooners-lemael-booya/ , “I had previously written a series of articles regarding a number of sailing ships, but two in particular – the Booya and the Lemael. The series started with “Cyclone Tracy Shipwrecks” in our April 2005 newsletter (No.320). This was followed by “More About the Booya” in our July 2005 newsletter (No.323). The third article was titled “The Wreck of the Schooner Lemael” and…

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Aug 25

August 25, 2017

Port Hughes Jetty 2013 - Steve Reynolds

List of shore dive locations within 2 hours drive from Adelaide

I’ve always been flummoxed by the trend whereby divers who live in Adelaide continually revisit a handful of the state’s innumerable shore diving locations. While the popularity of Rapid Bay jetty, the rocky reefs of Second Valley, the soft coral encrusted columns of the Port Hughes jetty and the built and natural habitats of Port Noarlunga is not undeserved, I’ve compiled this list in the hopes that it encourages divers and snorkelers to branch out and try somewhere new for…

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