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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Nov 7

November 7, 2018

Living the Dream about the Seagrass Lady

“Living the Dream about the Seagrass Lady” by Steve Reynolds During the 1980s, I was given a copy of a Reader’s Digest article about a “Seagrass Lady” called Anitra Thorhaug who was pioneering transplanting of seagrass to restore degraded habitat. Her work was something that I aspired to back then. Now, 30 years later, I am ‘living the dream’ and... Read more

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Oct 16

October 16, 2018

Elysia expansa, Fletcher's Dock 2018

The Port River – over 100 marine and coastal species and counting

I was first inspired to pay more attention to this often overlooked ecosystem by the discovery of the upside-down jellyfish, Cassiopea sp. there in 2016 by MLSSA president and area resident, Steve Reynolds. My personal explorations soon followed, beginning at Garden Island. There, a snorkeller can easily step into the water and explore several contrasting habitats within tens of metres:... Read more

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Oct 13

October 13, 2018

The Occurrence of the Venus shell, Tapes literatus, in the Port River

Last year, I found a Venus shell, Tapes literatus at the Ships’ Graveyard in the North Arm of the Port River. I reported the discovery in my article entitled Further Discoveries at the Ships’ Graveyard. More recently, two more specimens were found on the western side of Torrens Island (8 October 2018). My kayak partner (known only as Greg) picked up... Read more

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Oct 9

October 9, 2018

Sunfish approaches the surface in a horizontal position

A Summary of Recent Sunfish Sightings in the Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs Area

Sunfish sightings continued in the Waitpinga Cliffs area after the posting of my article Sunfish Sightings in the Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs Area. I thought it would be worthwhile summarising those sightings, like Dan Monceaux started doing in his article Sunfish sightings in South Australia. Dan had plans to upload those historic sighting accounts to the Atlas of Living Australia “so... Read more

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Aug 24

August 24, 2018

Southern Right Whale - SA Whale Centre - May 2014

Eleven southern right whales reported today in Encounter Bay area

The South Australian Whale Centre, located in Victor Harbor, sends out daily email updates to subscribers advising them on developments as the inshore whale-watching season progresses. Sighting numbers have been creeping upwards in recent weeks, and this morning an impressive tally of eleven whales was reported. The centre reported the following occurences at 8.40 am this morning: 1 cow /... Read more

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Aug 18

August 18, 2018

South Australian marine biodiversity explodes onto iNaturalist.org

Marine Life Society of South Australia members need no reminding of the wonderful diversity of species present in our state and commonwealth waters. But how widely known is this out in the wider community? Up until the late 2000s, I would argue that local familiarity with marine ecology was severely limited. Those practising in specialised niches of scuba diving, marine... Read more

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