The Unique South

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Seems like only yesterday that lovers of temperate southern Australian rocky reefs first heard and, in some cases, eagerly promulgated the term “The Unique South “. The term had instant appeal as a catchy descriptor with seemingly obvious educational value. I loved the term from the first encounter. I guess […]

Harlequin Fish

Harlequin Fish in peril in SA, still targeted

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To the editor of The Sunday Mail, I note with dismay the anachronistic discrepancy of two items printed on page 69 in the Sunday Mail today (October 19, 2014). The first item, ‘Fishing Hot Spots with Jon Huie’ shows a trophy shot of a rare Harlequin Fish caught off Cape Jervis by an […]

Magpie Morwong

Testing a Shark Shield while snorkeling at Marino

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Having used a scuba-model Shark Shield for many years, I recently had the privilege of testing the new snorkeling version which Mike Wescombe-Down of the Coastal Waters Dive Club kindly loaned me in readiness for the West Coast Blue Groper Survey (See next Newsletter?). I never actually used it on […]

Corals & Sponges

Growing A Mineral Base For Coral Growth

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The January 17 issue of “Australian Doctor” told of the use of electricity to create a base that coral could grow on. Dr Karl Kruszenelnicki’s “Wierd Science” column tells how magnesium and calcium-based minerals build up when electricity is passed through sea water. A layer of minerals 20cm thick took […]

Old Wives

Fish species seen on Dredge and Barge wrecks off Glenelg (1988-1996)

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Below is a list of fish species sighted by Society member David Muirhead on the Dredge and Barge wrecks off of Glenelg between 1988 and 1996. COMMON NAME FAMILY GENUS SPECIES Boarfish, Brown-spotted Pentacerotidae Paristiopterus gallipavo Boarfish, Long-snouted Pentacerotidae Pentaceropsis recurvirostris Bullseye, Common Pempheridae Liopempheris multiradiata Catfish, Estuary Plotosidae Cnidoglanis […]