Viewing: February, 2016

Feb 29

February 29, 2016

Sea Snake Sightings or Worm Eels?

Wendy White, the Coordinator for the Normanville Natural Resource Centre, recently sent the following email enquiry to David Muirhead regarding a suspected sea snake sighting (try saying that last bit quickly): – “Hi David, a local resident came into the centre today asking about a ‘snake’ that she found on the beach at Normanville South. She found it being washed... Read more

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Feb 11

February 11, 2016

More photos of a male Senator Fish rubbing its body in the substrate

Since writing my article titled Unusual Behaviour by Senator Fish, Pictilabrus laticlavius, I have observed similar Senator Fish behaviour at Rapid Bay jetty. In March 2015, I had witnessed some unusual behaviour by Senator Fish at Rapid Bay jetty. The unusual behaviour that I witnessed by them was that many of them were often rubbing their bodies in the substrate.... Read more

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Feb 11

February 11, 2016

Mysid Photos from Second Valley Dive

During our recent dive at Second Valley, David Muirhead took a couple of photos of what he thought were late larval planktonic phase southern rock lobsters. Below is a cropped version (by David) of one of his photos: – ?“Juv. Rock Lobster, ready to settle out of water column, Second Valley 6-2-16”? (with bullseye in background) He thought that they... Read more

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Feb 7

February 7, 2016

Our most recent dive at Second Valley

Our recent dive at Second Valley started at the jetty steps. There was enough activity in the immediate vicinity to capture our attention. This Tulip Shell below the jetty steps could not be ignored due to the amount of growth on its shell: – Tulip Shell, Pleuroploca australasiae I had previously photographed these Pleuroploca australasiae eggs in this location during the... Read more

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Feb 6

February 6, 2016

Photos of a beach washed Swimming Anemone, Phylctenactis tuberculosa

Phil Woodard has reported the discovery of a beached specimen of the Swimming Anemone, Phylctenactis tuberculosa on Henley Beach on 3rd February 2016. “The recent storm probably dislodged it from its rock,” he said. “Quite a lot of anchored seaweed has also washed up with stones attached. I still have the specimen in salt water although sadly it was DOA... Read more

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Feb 4

February 4, 2016

Warning of hefty penalties for reef picking

That heading comes from PIRSA as part of a warning to fishers regarding rules for removing organisms  from intertidal reefs in SA. Reef Watch says that it gets quite a few reports from members of the public who have observed people taking organisms off intertidal reefs. The taking of marine organisms from intertidal reefs was banned along the shore of Gulf... Read more

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Feb 3

February 3, 2016

Pipefish Photos from our Port Hughes Dive

As reported in the article titled “Our ‘Pipefish’ Dive at Port Hughes”, we held a dive at the Port Hughes jetty on 2nd January 2016. The divers on the day consisted of Peter Gower, Chris Hall, Kevin Smith & I. A friend of Chris, and Kevin’s mother, were also there with us. Kevin Smith reported seeing hundreds of juvenile Southern Gulf... Read more

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