Viewing: July, 2014

Jul 30

July 30, 2014

Jul 26

July 26, 2014

The Southern Rock Lobsters at Margaret Brock Reef

The sanctuary zone at Margaret Brock Reef is the only place I’ve dived in SA where I’ve seen large numbers of huge rock lobsters (along with prolific juveniles and all between). Until then, I’d wrongly believed the (with hindsight, small to medium) lobsters (up to approx. 3-4 Kg with regard to the few we ate each Xmas!) that I and... Read more

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Jul 22

July 22, 2014

Boxer Crabs use anemones as boxing gloves

Photo of a Boxer Crab (or Pom Pom Crab), Lybia edmondsoni by Dave Harasti In one of Brian Brock’s many letters to me in 2014, he wrote, “I am pretty sure that at some stage in my (chequered) career , I have seen a photo of a crab holding an anemone in each claw. (It ) Could have been seen in... Read more

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Jul 22

July 22, 2014

How Jeanette Power’s 19th century argonaut studies in aquaria led to a modern day paper

A PhD student called Julian Finn contacted us in 2006 seeking some information about Jeanette Power. Julian said that Jeanette Power was famous for resolving the truth that argonauts build their own shells. Julian is now Dr Julian Finn, Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates for Museum Victoria. Back in 2006 he requested copies of some papers regarding Jeanette Power for... Read more

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Jul 21

July 21, 2014

Hans Mincham

Hans Mincham died on 10th May 2007, aged 95. His obituary in The Advertiser on 23rd June 2007 described Hans as an educator, naturalist, writer, historian, conservationist & musician. He was appointed the SA Museum’s first information officer in 1964. He held that position for 12 years. He received many awards during his life, including the Order of Australia (AM*)... Read more

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Jul 17

July 17, 2014

The Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk

During my Marion Bay trip in April 2014, my wife and I visited Stenhouse Bay. We enjoyed walking around the area, including the jetty there. A highlight of the day was a walk on the Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk adjacent to the jetty. The Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk is said to be a 2km easy walk that takes about 1... Read more

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Jul 16

July 16, 2014

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Places available on tour of Port Stanvac Desalination Plant

The Willunga Environment Centre has organised a free tour of the Adelaide Desalination Project at Port Stanvac, to occur on July 24th, 2014 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Due to popular demand, the tour is now making a second bus available, with an additional 19 spaces available. If you are interested in learning about the processes and environmental aspects... Read more

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Jul 14

July 14, 2014

Slime Mould

National Geographic Magazine seems to be keen on slime mould (or ‘slime mold’ as it prefers to call it). The magazine has featured slime mould articles in several issues over the years. I had no knowledge of slime mould myself until I received a phone call from Brian Brock, inviting me to photograph some ‘fungus’ at his home. I called... Read more

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Jul 14

July 14, 2014

cuttle scuttle prototype screenshot 2014

Cuttle Scuttle game development continues

MLSSA corporate member Danimations began development of a retro arcade game called Cuttle Scuttle late last year, with the assistance of students from the University of South Australia. Since then, the game has progressed in leaps and bounds, with development now in the capable hands of Adam Jenkins. The last prototype was play-tested by several MLSSA members during the Whyalla Underwater Shootout back... Read more

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Jul 12

July 12, 2014

More on the adaptations of plants that can tolerate being close to the sea

As explained in Brian Brock’s 2013 Journal article “Adaptation of some Coastal Species”, Brian has had a life-long interest in coastal plants. He wrote to us several times between May & June 2014 to discuss several aspects of the subject. An early letter from Brian said (in part), “Coleman & Cook have an interesting paper called “Habitat Preferences of the... Read more

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