Posts By: Steve Reynolds

Jul 19

July 19, 2018

How relevant is MLSSA?

How relevant is MLSSA? I have been asked, indirectly, to answer that question. Clearly, we can’t dwell on the past. We can only consider the present and look to the future. Our long-running organisation provides a special interest group for SA marine life matters. We hold monthly meetings (Feb to Nov) for like-minded people to attend. We host a popular... Read more

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Jul 7

July 7, 2018

Kayaking in the Onkaparinga Gorge

For my third kayak in five days, I ventured down to Old Noarlunga this time. Allan Horsfall and myself launched our craft(s) here at Old Noarlunga: – The landing platform was under water this time, due to the winter rains. We paddled upstream, around the township and into the Onkaparinga Gorge. The gorge itself is spectacular. We saw lots of... Read more

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Jul 4

July 4, 2018

Another Day on the Port River

It was meant to be a windy day. It started with a shower of rain too. I thought to myself, “That’s it, I won’t be able to (or be keen to) go kayaking today”. Then I saw this wonderful double rainbow outside my home: – The rain had stopped and there was no wind at all. “That’s it,” I thought,... Read more

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Jul 3

July 3, 2018

Coastal Kayaking

I enjoyed a couple of solo kayaking trips recently. One was at South Lakes, Goolwa whist the other one was in the Port River at Garden Island. My Goolwa visit was a short 1/2 hour one due to time restrictions. It was memorable, however, due to sighting two fur seals in the water. I launched my kayak from this spot... Read more

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Jun 26

June 26, 2018

Banded Morwong sighting at Western River, Kangaroo Island

David Muirhead recently posted two old slide scans of an adult Banded Morwong, (Cheilodactylus spectabilis) from 1989 on iNaturalist. David’s comments accompanying the two slides read: – “2 old slide scans of an adult Banded Morwong at a (Western Cleaner Clingfish) station in a big, open cave near cliff base at Western River (via charter boat tender). …. a leatherjacket... Read more

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Jun 8

June 8, 2018

Sunfish approaches the surface in a horizontal position

Sunfish sightings in the Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs area (Updated)

Our Waitpinga correspondent, Elizabeth Steele-Collins recently reported the sighting of three sunfish (Mola) in the “Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs area” in one week. We heard that the three sightings involved “at least two different individuals (owing to size differences)”. Elizabeth has now clarified the matter as follows: – “I personally only sighted the 1 Sunfish from Waitpinga Cliffs (6th June 2018)... Read more

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May 26

May 26, 2018

Fletcher’s Slip

We were recently approached about taking a look at the Fletcher’s Slip site at Birkenhead, so I am reviewing the topic of the slip here below: – Fletcher’s Slip was located on the north bank of Gawler Reach on the Port Adelaide River at Birkenhead. It was the first slipway to be established at Birkenhead. It was built by Henry... Read more

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May 15

May 15, 2018

More About The ‘Edithburgh Anchor’

Steve Simmons has now sent us some further details regarding the anchor newly discovered at the Edithburgh swimming pool: – “Hi Steve, just a follow up on the anchor, I’ve now placed a guideline from one of the old sea net pylons all the way to the anchor about 200m. The Edithburgh swimming pool (Photo taken by Steve Simmons) Of... Read more

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May 14

May 14, 2018

Sprouting Sand Sponges

Our participation in iNaturalist has created some discussion that has almost cleared up an enduring mystery about the identification of this creature: – Image No.2555 from MLSSA Photo Index (Taken by David Muirhead) It has been some 11 years since my article titled Sponges of the Genus Ciocalypta was published in our May 2007 newsletter.  In that article, I wrote... Read more

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May 8

May 8, 2018

More Tropical Fish Cleaners

I recently came across this photo of a sunfish (Mola) at Nusa Lambongan, apparently being cleaned by bannerfish (Heniochus) posted by PT Hirschfield of Pink Tank Scuba on her Facebook page. Heniochus banner fish cleaning a sunfish (Image supplied PT Hirschfield / Pink Tank Scuba) The apparent cleaning of the sunfish by the bannerfish caught my eye. The situation is... Read more

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