May 26

May 26, 2020

More on the Tailwalking Port River Bottlenose Dolphins

More on the Tailwalking Port River Bottlenose Dolphins by Steve Reynolds After reading my recent article about Adelaide’s Marineland Dolphins,  ‎Dan Monceaux made the following comment: – “According to Mike Bossley of WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society), at least one of the Marineland dolphins was released into the wild locally and re-joined the Port River pod, where he/she taught... Read more

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May 25

May 25, 2020

Wandering Albatross Return to Macquarie Island

Wandering Albatross Return to Macquarie Island by Steve Reynolds It was recently reported that several wandering albatross nests had been discovered on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island for the first time in years. Pairs of the albatross were nesting in their  highest numbers in over a decade over summer. Ten nests were discovered on the remote island, including the north-west coast. That... Read more

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May 19

May 19, 2020

Port Adelaide Anchor Trail Update

Port Adelaide Anchor Trail Update by Steve Reynolds Our Port Adelaide Anchor Trail guide was completed at the end of March 2020, just as COVID-19 restrictions were starting to be enforced. Those restrictions meant that we were unable to hold an official launch of the trail at that time. We weren’t even able to distribute the guide to any great... Read more

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May 6

May 6, 2020

Adelaide’s Marineland Dolphins

Adelaide’s Marineland Dolphins by Steve Reynolds Adelaide had a marine park called Marineland between 1969 and 1988. It was located at West Beach. The park closed in 1988 “amid mounting opposition to keeping animals for public entertainment”. I had probably visited the park a couple of times over the 19 years that it was open. I would’ve seen the dolphin... Read more

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May 2

May 2, 2020

SCIENTISTS’ PLAN TO REPLENISH MARINE LIFE BY 2050

SCIENTISTS’ PLAN TO REPLENISH MARINE LIFE BY 2050 by Steve Reynolds (As published in the May 2020 newsletter of the Scuba Divers Federation of South Australia) UN Sustainable Development Goal number 14 aims to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. Scientists have now put a 30-year plan together to achieve that aim. These... Read more

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May 2

May 2, 2020

Surviving a Heat Wave: Your Safety & Strategy Guide

After reading our post UN report warns about the threat of increased marine heatwaves Martha Chapman from Top Window Fans wrote to us to tell us about her guide for people interested in learning about how they can stay safe during a heat wave (as well as why they should take this subject very seriously). Right now, however, managing heatwaves... Read more

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Apr 20

April 20, 2020

The Nature Education Centre

The Nature Education Centre by Steve Reynolds My wife Noeleen and I recently returned to the Nature Education Centre at Urrbrae at Netherby to deliver several copies of the book “An Octopus’s Garden”.  This book is “An early childhood marine education resource guide for teaching young children 3-8 years old”. This book is associated with our “Jewels of the Sea”... Read more

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Apr 12

April 12, 2020

Deep-Sea Corals Discovered Off South-Western Australia (“Science Story of the Month” from the SDFSA April 2020 newsletter)

“Deep-Sea Corals Discovered Off South-Western Australia” by Steve Reynolds This second “Science Story of the Month” comes from the SDFSA April 2020 newsletter. Deep-Sea Corals Discovered Off South-Western Australia Deep-Sea Corals have been discovered off South-Western Australia by using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) called “SuBastian”. The ROV belongs to the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI). Scientists, including researchers from the... Read more

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Apr 12

April 12, 2020

1b year-old green plant fossils found in northern China (Science Story for SDFSA March 2020 newsletter)

“1b year-old green plant fossils found in northern China”by Steve Reynolds If you think that my online ramblings have been light on recently, it is possibly because I have been busy with other projects. One such project has been writing the “Science Story for the month” for the SDFSA newsletter. It occurred to me whilst laying awake in bed one... Read more

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Mar 20

March 20, 2020

Further reading on the topic of anchors

In 2019, the Marine Life Society of South Australia was awarded a grant from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield to produce the first edition of the Port Adelaide Anchor Trail. The printed guide is in the process of finalisation now. The research work on this project was almost single-handedly carried out by our society’s president, Steve Reynolds, who has... Read more

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