Viewing: February, 2017

Feb 28

February 28, 2017

“My Wheels” At Second Valley

I love to see “my wheels” when I dive at Second Valley jetty. It’s great when I come across them during my dives there. I’m talking about large cartwheels and ‘truck sets’ that are in the bay between the jetty and ‘boat shed island’. I described these wheels in my articles titled “The Existence of an ‘Underwater Trail’ at Second... Read more

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Feb 23

February 23, 2017

ID of pipefish found at Sellicks Beach

We recently received a request via Facebook from Robbert Alexander‎ to identify a pipefish species that he found on Sellicks Beach. Robbert sent us a photo of the pipefish and we told him that it was “Most likely Stigmatopora argus, the spotted pipefish”. We also gave him a link to the relevant web page for the Australian Museum ( https://australianmuseum.net.au/spotted-pipefish-stigmatopora-argus... Read more

Posted in Bony fishes, Coastal species, Syngnathids | By

Feb 22

February 22, 2017

The Taking of Wide-angle photos 1/2 Above Water and 1/2 Below Water

When David Muirhead sent some wide-angle photos 1/2 above water and 1/2 below water to  Scoresby Shepherd (incl. the above image), he received this response from him: – “I’ve always been enchanted by these strange pics – 1/2 above water and 1/2 below. I’ve no idea what sort of lens can do it!”   David Muirhead diving with camera in... Read more

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Feb 18

February 18, 2017

A Few Finds From Around Coffin Bay

Herewith a few finds, most made recently near (the) home (of Brian and Bernadette Saunders of Coffin Bay) : Eggs sacs like balloons on strings, their sandy stalks attached below the sand’s surface. We had previously found larval sea snails in similar egg sacs but these were a little smaller (about 20 mm in length) so we opened one and... Read more

Posted in Coastal species, intertidal zone, Shorebirds | By

Feb 3

February 3, 2017

Swimming with Surf Sardines at Myponga Beach

by David Muirhead I snorkelled at Myponga Beach’s south-western rock channels again this morning (29th Jan 2017) with my daughter who expressed interest in accompanying me because she’s never been in the water there. (No suits, just bathers, booties, fins, hood, mask, snorkel, SPF30+ and Sea Life camera.) The water was clear for a change (it’s been a wet, wild warm... Read more

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