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Oct 5

October 5, 2017

An evening with Steve Parish

Tony Isaacson, MLSSA Life Member, attended a (workshop?) evening presented by Steve Parish at the Beerwah Library in Queensland this month. Tony with a promotional poster (Taken by Tony?) Steve is a well-published photographer (more than 2500 published books over 50 Years). His first book, “Australia’s Ocean of Life” was published in 1974 (as Stephen Parish): – A screen shot... Read more

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Aug 8

August 8, 2017

Jean and “Kitty” Whyte (Daughter of shark attack victim died exactly 77 years to the day later)

“Kitty” Whyte was SA’s first known shark attack victim. In March 1926, she had been giving swimming lessons to some children at Brighton jetty when she was attacked by a 3-4m shark She was subsequently rescued by two men in a boat, but she apparently died on the beach.  I previously documented Kitty’s death in two past MLSSA Newsletter issues... Read more

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Jul 6

July 6, 2017

We can claim to have reached a 60-year milestone in 2017

As explained in my article titled “MLSSA replaced the SA Museum Underwater Research Group”, “MLSSA, formerly MARIA (SA Branch), followed on from the SA Museum Underwater Research Group. The Museum URG was established in 1957. It was part of many international URGs which commenced in France in 1945. The first URG was established in Toulon, France in 1945 and was... Read more

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Mar 18

March 18, 2017

Jessie Hussey’s contribution to the knowledge of SA’s marine flora

According to the web page found at http://know.ourplants.org/news/jessey-hussey-inspires-school-teachers/  Jessie Hussey made a “significant and pioneering contribution to the knowledge of South Australia’s terrestrial and marine flora during the 1890s. She became a respected collaborator of many leading national and international botanists and phycologists”. According to the web page found at http://www.cpbr.gov.au/biography/hussey-jessie.html , Jessie Hussey was recruited by Baron Ferdinand von... Read more

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Jan 17

January 17, 2017

Reef Watch turns 20 – monitoring dives planned

Reef Watch is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. They are inviting divers to take part in monitoring dives: – “Never dived with Reef Watch before and unsure about what we do? Come along for a few dives and learn how to ID our wonderful marine animals and how you can help us with simple diving surveys. Reef Watch dives... Read more

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Oct 26

October 26, 2016

Bernard C. Cotton – former Curator of Molluscs at the SA Museum

Bernard C. Cotton was a Curator of Molluscs at the SA Museum in North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia. According to “Australia’s Spectacular Cowries” by Barry Wilson and Peter Clarkson (mlssa 1069), Bernard “wrote many scientific papers and semi-technical articles on southern Australian molluscs.” According to “Kingdom of the Seashell” by R.Tucker Abbott, Bernard wrote three volumes of a South Australian... Read more

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Aug 14

August 14, 2016

MLSSA replaced the SA Museum Underwater Research Group

Our Society celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Next year we can celebrate our 60th! That’s if we take the word of our Patron & Life Member, Dr Scoresby Shepherd. He says that MLSSA, formerly MARIA (SA Branch), followed on from the SA Museum Underwater Research Group. The Museum URG was established in 1957. It was part of many international URGs which... Read more

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May 27

May 27, 2016

Tumby Bay Author, Eric Kotz

Tumby Bay author, Eric Kotz self-published his second book in February 2016. It is titled “The Jawsome Coast”, sub-titled “A Social History of Australia’s Southern Coastline and the Effect on it of the Great White Shark, its Conservation ‘Industry’ and Shark Tourism”. We assisted Eric in presenting his new book at a meeting of the Underwater Explorer’s Club of SA... Read more

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Mar 2

March 2, 2016

A discovery by researchers from Flinders University enables the removal of mercury from water & soil

ABC TV’s “Catalyst” program recently discussed mercury levels in fish. They reported that fish are a healthy source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but high mercury levels in fish can be a problem. At very high concentrations, mercury has a profound toxic effect on human beings. It is hoped that a new invention can help with the mercury problem.... Read more

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Jan 8

January 8, 2016

Reef Life Survey’s Annual Report for 2015

We recently received a copy of Reef Life Survey’s Annual Report for 2015. We have added it to the report for the previous year. The 2015 report is available at http://reeflifesurvey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/RLSF_AnnualReport_2015_FINAL_301115.pdf . Our Patron, Dr Scoresby Shepherd recently retired as a member of Reef Life Survey Foundation’s board. RLS present the Scoresby Shepherd Awards for Outstanding Voluntary Contributions to Reef... Read more

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