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Dec 24

December 24, 2014

Mail-outs & News

Our latest mail-out can be found at Our Mail-outs and News issues for 2014 are listed below: December 2014 News – MLSSA News – October 2014 – MLSSA News – August 2014 – Monthly Mail-out to MLSSA Members – July 2014 – MLSSA Mail-Out – Read more

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Dec 24

December 24, 2014

2014 Journal

(Our 2014 Journal, November 2014, is available below (in 3 parts): Part 1 of 2014 Journal Part 2 of 2014 Journal Part 3 of 2014 Journal (The 2014 Journal was the last issue of our Journal.)... Read more

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Dec 24

December 24, 2014

2014 newsletters

Our 2014 newsletters are available below: MLSSA_NL_413_July_2014 MLSSA_NL_412_June_2014 MLSSA_NL_411_May_2014 MLSSA_NL_410_April_2014 MLSSA_NL_409_March_2014 MLSSA_NL_408_February_2014 (Newsletters were only published from Feb to July in 2014, the July issue being the final one.)... Read more

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Dec 21

December 21, 2014

The Swimming Anemone, Phylctenactis tuberculosa

The swimming anemone, Phylctenactis tuberculosa, may vary in colour from the usual dull orange-brown to olive, to red-brown, to orange, pale pink and light to dark grey-blue, and often combinations of these colours (according to “A field guide to the marine invertebrates of South Australia” by Karen Gowlett-Holmes). I took this photo of a swimming anemone at Port Victoria in... Read more

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Dec 20

December 20, 2014

Ewens Ponds Conservation Park 2013 Tim Koch

Exploring Ewens Ponds Conservation Park underwater

Ewens Ponds is a somewhat little-known secret in regards to fresh-water diving and snorkeling in South Australia. Situated about half an hour south of Mount Gambier, it is fairly easily accessed via unsealed roads (once you have hired a wetsuit at the local Deli in my case). It consists of a series of three limewater spring-fueled ponds of around ten metres... Read more

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Dec 16

December 16, 2014

Sepia officinalis © Sebastian Niedlich CC BY-NC-SA 2

New research shows shipping sound impacts cuttlefish

Cuttlefish become stressed when exposed to shipping sound and panic when exposed to loud, low-frequencies, according to two scientific papers published this year. The Marine Life Society of South Australia believes that these results should trigger increased research efforts into the impact of shipping noise on the Giant Australian cuttlefish aggregation at Point Lowly, near Whyalla in South Australia. They argue that the matter... Read more

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Dec 10

December 10, 2014

Central pair of dead sperm whales at Ardrossan Dec 8 2014 - Emma Monceaux for web

Propeller strike evidence found on dead Sperm whale near Ardrossan, December 8 2014

The first known group stranding of Sperm whales to occur on South Australia’s coastline was reported near Ardrossan yesterday morning. Among the curious onlookers, members of the Marine Life Society of South Australia attended the scene, where they inspected the bodies of five of the seven deceased whales. While obvious external injuries appeared to be absent from four of the whales, one of the whales... Read more

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Dec 4

December 4, 2014

White shark by Terry Goss

Seen a shark in SA waters? Report it for safety and science

When I discuss sharks with divers or snorkellers, they tend to agree that shark sightings of any species are a rarity in SA- at least off metropolitan beaches and at popular dive sites. In something of an anomaly, a single Great White Shark (whether it was the same individual on both occasions is unknown) was encountered by divers twice this... Read more

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