Posts By: Steve Reynolds

Sep 26

September 26, 2019

Species sighted at Witton Bluff & Christies Reef

Species sighted at Witton Bluff & Christies Reef by Steve Reynolds As reported in My Early Diving Days , Witton Bluff is the high point on the coast between Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach. It is named after the 1839 wreck of the David Witton. I did my first sea snorkel there in January 1978. I returned there later that year with... Read more

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Sep 23

September 23, 2019

My Early Diving Days

My Early Diving Days by Steve Reynolds Witton Bluff is the high point on the coast between Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach. It is named after the 1839 wreck of the David Witton. I did my ‘first’ sea snorkel there in January 1978. I say ‘first’ because I had briefly used one of those ‘ping pong’ mask and snorkels as... Read more

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Jul 25

July 25, 2019

The discovery of a dead Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans

The discovery of a dead Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans by Steve Reynolds Port Willunga resident Allan Horsfall has reported the discovery of a dead carcass of a Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans at Port Willunga beach on 13th July 2019. The dead bird was found in good condition. It had a wingspan of 3.2m. It was taken to a Willunga vet... Read more

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Jul 25

July 25, 2019

Changes Over Time to Two Wreck Sites at the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard

Changes Over Time to Two Wreck Sites at the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard By Steve Reynolds There are several wrecks in the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard at Ethelton. Two such wrecks are the Trafalgar and the Alert. Here is an early photo of the Trafalgar when it was still a paddle steamer at Echuca: – The paddle steamer Trafalgar at... Read more

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Jul 22

July 22, 2019

The Growth of Mangroves at the Jervois Basin, Ethelton

The Growth of Mangroves at the Jervois Basin, Ethelton by Steve Reynolds On 20th July 2019, I visited the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard, along with Phill McPeake’s son-in-law Danny and his brother Gerard, with some of their children. We were there to record details of the Trafalgar wreck as part of the GIRT Scientific Divers program. Danny & I, along... Read more

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Jun 23

June 23, 2019

Port Noarlunga Jetty Stairs Project Update

The City of Onkaparinga announced on June 20 “The manufacture of the new jetty staircase (at Port Noarlunga jetty) is now completed and it’s in storage ready for installation. The installation timing is ultimately determined by the weather because the contractors require consecutive days of perfect conditions to install the free-standing piles accurately the first time. “Piling is the procedure... Read more

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Mar 30

March 30, 2019

Port Environment Centre library – Library books provided by the Marine Life Society of SA

“Seahorshorses, Pipefishes and their relatives – a comprehensive guide to Syngnathiformes”, revised edition (Rudie Kuiter) 2003 – mlssa 1054 “The Marine & Freshwater Fishes of South Australia” (Scott, Glover & Southcott) 1980 – mlssa No.1009 “Australian Sea Fishes South of 30 degrees” (Neville Coleman) – mlssa No.1019 “Keeping Seahorses” (Robert Straughan) – mlssa No.1005 “Sharks and other predatory fish of... Read more

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Mar 28

March 28, 2019

Hyperiid amphipod commensalism with Jellyfish

“Hyperiid amphipod commensalism with Jellyfish” by Steve Reynolds The cover for the March 2019 issue of Dive Log magazine featured a photo of a nautilus perched on top of a jellyfish (or sea jelly). It was taken by Mike Bartick (ending with a ‘k’) from the USA. Details can be found at https://www.divelog.net.au/dlonline.html . The caption on page 4 explained... Read more

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Mar 17

March 17, 2019

Concerns About the Welfare of Leafy Seadragons at Rapid Bay

Concerns About the Welfare of Leafy Seadragons at Rapid Bay by Steve Reynolds The Scuba Divers Federation of South Australia recently issued a statement because of concerns about the welfare of leafy seadragons at Rapid Bay in light of increased diver activity whilst waiting for new steps to be built at the Port Noarlunga jetty. The statement read: – “With... Read more

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Mar 16

March 16, 2019

Sand Stars in West Lakes

Sand Stars in West Lakes by Steve Reynolds We recently received an enquiry from Jerusha King about starfish in West Lakes, as follows: – “Hello, recently starfish have started appearing on the lakes edge at Semaphore Park. I have lived in the area 6 years and have not observed them until the last month or so. Today spotted twelve in... Read more

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