Aug 14

August 14, 2018

SA Rock Lobster Resource Review

I helped Reef Watch & Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries out at this year’s Science Alive! at the Showgrounds. On the Friday morning, I helped out on the EMS stand, alongside Dr Rob Lewis, former Director of Fisheries. I hadn’t had the opportunity to speak to Rob much in recent years, possibly just briefly and occasionally. At least he remembered me alright.... Read more

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Aug 7

August 7, 2018

Cleaner Shrimp Study

I found these details online (at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/07/animals-fish-shrimp-health-communication/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=inside_20180806::rid=7315819595) via a National Geographic email: – It is an article titled “Secret Code Prevents Cleaner Shrimp from Becoming a Meal” and it was written by Liz Langley (Published July 7, 2018). It came with a sub-title of “Reef shrimp and their fish clients use special signals that communicate cooperation, a new study says”.... Read more

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Aug 2

August 2, 2018

Fur Seals and Sea Lions on the Outer Harbor Breakwaters

Thanks to Dr Mike Bossley, we now have an electronic copy of the paper titled “Fur seals and sea lions (family Otariidae) on the breakwaters at Adelaide’s Outer Harbor, South Australia” co-written by Peter D. Shaughnessy, Mike Bossley and A. O. Nicholls (CSIRO PUBLISHING Australian Mammalogy, 2018, 40, 157–161 https://doi.org/10.1071/AM17001 ). Outer Harbor’s southern breakwater According to the paper’s abstract,... Read more

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Aug 1

August 1, 2018

Ceratosoma brevicaudatum - Brighton Jetty, SA - Dan Monceaux

Call for Entries: Underwater South Australia photography exhibition

Nature photographer and Marine Life Society of SA member Dan Monceaux and his equally creative wife Emma (Force of Nature) are seeking submissions of existing photographic works to showcase underwater South Australia. Submissions will be considered for a forthcoming group exhibition intended to celebrate the state’s spectacular marine and aquatic biodiversity. While venue and timing details are yet to be... Read more

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Aug 1

August 1, 2018

Back to the Breakwater for the Birds

I returned to the breakwater at Semaphore South today, mainly to search (unsuccessfully) for my lost glasses (during my recent kayak there). I visited the area twice today, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The tide was still going out in the morning. I had a good look around the beach for my lost glasses. I was... Read more

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Jul 31

July 31, 2018

My Swim with the Fur Seals at Semaphore South

Following my sighting of a pair of NZ fur seals whilst I was kayaking at Goolwa South Lakes recently, and an email received from Simon Vickers about them occurring at the Semaphore South breakwater, I wanted to view them for myself. The windy weather was a bit concerning on the day, so I drove along the Esplanade to see what the... Read more

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Jul 31

July 31, 2018

Mainstay Puffer, Arothron firmamentum, sighting at Brighton, SA

We recently received this fish photo via our Facebook page: –   It came along with this message from Lee Roberts: – “Hi, (I) found this puffer fish flapping in the surf at Brighton. Is it a starry pufferfish?” I was able to reply (in the name of the Marine Life Society of South Australia): – “Hi Lee, your photo... Read more

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Jul 30

July 30, 2018

‘Young Parrotfish’ Clean Algae From Manatee

My ongoing study of fish cleaners and cleaner fish continued recently when I caught the last ¾ of “Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth” (Season 1, Episode 3) on Channel 9 TV recently. I had missed the first 15 minutes of the program but settled down to watch the remainder of it when I saw that it featured much marine... Read more

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Jul 19

July 19, 2018

How relevant is MLSSA?

How relevant is MLSSA? I have been asked, indirectly, to answer that question. Clearly, we can’t dwell on the past. We can only consider the present and look to the future. Our long-running organisation provides a special interest group for SA marine life matters. We hold monthly meetings (Feb to Nov) for like-minded people to attend. We host a popular... Read more

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Jul 7

July 7, 2018

Kayaking in the Onkaparinga Gorge

For my third kayak in five days, I ventured down to Old Noarlunga this time. Allan Horsfall and myself launched our craft(s) here at Old Noarlunga: – The landing platform was under water this time, due to the winter rains. We paddled upstream, around the township and into the Onkaparinga Gorge. The gorge itself is spectacular. We saw lots of... Read more

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