Posts By: Steve Reynolds

Nov 7

November 7, 2018

Living the Dream about the Seagrass Lady

“Living the Dream about the Seagrass Lady” by Steve Reynolds During the 1980s, I was given a copy of a Reader’s Digest article about a “Seagrass Lady” called Anitra Thorhaug who was pioneering transplanting of seagrass to restore degraded habitat. Her work was something that I aspired to back then. Now, 30 years later, I am ‘living the dream’ and... Read more

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Oct 13

October 13, 2018

The Occurrence of the Venus shell, Tapes literatus, in the Port River

Last year, I found a Venus shell, Tapes literatus at the Ships’ Graveyard in the North Arm of the Port River. I reported the discovery in my article entitled Further Discoveries at the Ships’ Graveyard. More recently, two more specimens were found on the western side of Torrens Island (8 October 2018). My kayak partner (known only as Greg) picked up... Read more

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Oct 9

October 9, 2018

Sunfish approaches the surface in a horizontal position

A Summary of Recent Sunfish Sightings in the Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs Area

Sunfish sightings continued in the Waitpinga Cliffs area after the posting of my article Sunfish Sightings in the Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs Area. I thought it would be worthwhile summarising those sightings, like Dan Monceaux started doing in his article Sunfish sightings in South Australia. Dan had plans to upload those historic sighting accounts to the Atlas of Living Australia “so... Read more

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Aug 14

August 14, 2018

SA Rock Lobster Resource Review

I helped Reef Watch & Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries out at this year’s Science Alive! at the Showgrounds. On the Friday morning, I helped out on the EMS stand, alongside Dr Rob Lewis, former Director of Fisheries. I hadn’t had the opportunity to speak to Rob much in recent years, possibly just briefly and occasionally. At least he remembered me alright.... Read more

Posted in Crustaceans, Regulation, Resources | By

Aug 7

August 7, 2018

Cleaner Shrimp Study

I found these details online (at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/07/animals-fish-shrimp-health-communication/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=inside_20180806::rid=7315819595) via a National Geographic email: – It is an article titled “Secret Code Prevents Cleaner Shrimp from Becoming a Meal” and it was written by Liz Langley (Published July 7, 2018). It came with a sub-title of “Reef shrimp and their fish clients use special signals that communicate cooperation, a new study says”.... Read more

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Aug 2

August 2, 2018

Fur Seals and Sea Lions on the Outer Harbor Breakwaters

Thanks to Dr Mike Bossley, we now have an electronic copy of the paper titled “Fur seals and sea lions (family Otariidae) on the breakwaters at Adelaide’s Outer Harbor, South Australia” co-written by Peter D. Shaughnessy, Mike Bossley and A. O. Nicholls (CSIRO PUBLISHING Australian Mammalogy, 2018, 40, 157–161 https://doi.org/10.1071/AM17001 ). Outer Harbor’s southern breakwater According to the paper’s abstract,... Read more

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Aug 1

August 1, 2018

Back to the Breakwater for the Birds

I returned to the breakwater at Semaphore South today, mainly to search (unsuccessfully) for my lost glasses (during my recent kayak there). I visited the area twice today, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The tide was still going out in the morning. I had a good look around the beach for my lost glasses. I was... Read more

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Jul 31

July 31, 2018

My Swim with the Fur Seals at Semaphore South

Following my sighting of a pair of NZ fur seals whilst I was kayaking at Goolwa South Lakes recently, and an email received from Simon Vickers about them occurring at the Semaphore South breakwater, I wanted to view them for myself. The windy weather was a bit concerning on the day, so I drove along the Esplanade to see what the... Read more

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Jul 31

July 31, 2018

Mainstay Puffer, Arothron firmamentum, sighting at Brighton, SA

We recently received this fish photo via our Facebook page: –   It came along with this message from Lee Roberts: – “Hi, (I) found this puffer fish flapping in the surf at Brighton. Is it a starry pufferfish?” I was able to reply (in the name of the Marine Life Society of South Australia): – “Hi Lee, your photo... Read more

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Jul 30

July 30, 2018

‘Young Parrotfish’ Clean Algae From Manatee

My ongoing study of fish cleaners and cleaner fish continued recently when I caught the last ¾ of “Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth” (Season 1, Episode 3) on Channel 9 TV recently. I had missed the first 15 minutes of the program but settled down to watch the remainder of it when I saw that it featured much marine... Read more

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