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 Pipefish, Stigmatopora narinosa, much less of Spotted pipefish, Stigmatopora argus, three small schools of Brushtail pipefish, Leptoichthys fistularis and a Port Phillip pipefish, Vanacampus phillipi. Kevin has kindly sent us six of his pipefish photos taken on the day featuring each of the species.
Southern Gulf pipefish were described by former members Robert Browne and Kevin Smith in 2007 – see http://museumvictoria.com.au/pages/3660/64-browne-smith.pdf . Many thanks go to Kevin for providing his pipefish photos to us.
The header photo was taken by Steve Reynolds on the day of the dive at Port Hughes.
Steve Reynolds is the current President of MLSSA and is a long-standing member of the Society. Steve is a keen diver, underwater explorer, photographer and is chief author of the Society's extensive back catalogue of newsletters and journals.