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Apr 27

April 27, 2017

Shrimps, Seadragons and Siphonognathus argyrophanes

Shrimps, Seadragons and Siphonognathus argyrophanes (As told to Steve by David Muirhead) The fish Tubemouth, Siphonognathus argyrophanes, looks very pipefish-like, and many veteran divers incorrectly think that they are true pipefish. They are, however, in the same family as wrasses (Labridae), which includes the ‘rock cod’ or ‘parrotfish’, plus weed whiting and western blue groper (which strictly should be called a western blue groper wrasse because it’s completely unrelated to tropical groupers like the giant Queensland Grouper). Tubemouth, Siphonognathus argyrophanes…

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Apr 4

April 4, 2017

Assisting the Port River Shellfish Restoration Project Group

As reported in our March 2017 Mail-out, the Marine Life Society of South Australia is assisting the Port River Shellfish Restoration Project Group in its efforts to rebuild some natural reefs in the Port River system. Catherine McMahon, Executive Officer for the Estuary Care Foundation says, “We see restoration of the Port River and Barker Inlet as a long-term project and we want to: investigate and understand which shellfish species are thriving in the Port River system. Species of special…

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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 and training is free (but sorry, we can’t teach you how to dive). Here are some dates of the next…

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Sep 8

September 8, 2016

What Is CIGESMED for Divers?

In November 2013, I hosted Vasilis Gerovasileiou from Greece during his visit to South Australia. We only managed one dive together though. We managed a dive at Rapid Bay jetty on16th November 2013. Vasilis had only brought a 5mm wetsuit with him for his dives in Australia. This suit probably served him well for dives in WA & Queensland, but it didn’t work out so well for his dive in SA. The water temperature at Rapid Bay in November was…

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Jun 9

June 9, 2016

The results for the first ACSA national survey about public participation in marine citizen science are now online

Gretta Pecl, Les Christidis and Vicki Martin have now published the results for the first Australian Citizen Science Association national survey about public participation in marine citizen science. The results are now online in BioScience at http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/06/01/biosci.biw070 . “Public Interest in Marine Citizen Science: Is there Potential for Growth?” by Martin, V. Y., Christidis, L., & Pecl, G. T. (2016) (BioScience. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw070) examines the level of public interest that there is in volunteering for marine citizen science and the types of people who are most likely…

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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 Life Survey. These annual awards are named in honour of Scoresby as he is a “key benefactor of The Reef…

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Feb 7

February 7, 2015

Juvenile flounder, Glenelg North - Dan Monceaux 2015

Confounded by flounder in South Australian waters

During a walk through the shallows at Glenelg North beach after 9.30 pm last night, in knee-deep water, Emma and I were delighted to spot a numbers of small (likely juvenile) flounder. The animals were each less than 10 cm in length and sported fine, uniform sandy patterns which allowed them to practically disappear on pale, sandy bottom. When startled by our lights or movement, the animals escaped swiftly, hugging the contours of the sandy ‘dunes’. On settling, they would sometimes shuffle into the…

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Dec 4

December 4, 2014

White shark by Terry Goss

Seen a shark in SA waters? Report it for safety and science

When I discuss sharks with divers or snorkellers, they tend to agree that shark sightings of any species are a rarity in SA- at least off metropolitan beaches and at popular dive sites. In something of an anomaly, a single Great White Shark (whether it was the same individual on both occasions is unknown) was encountered by divers twice this year at The Dredge. The wreck is located approximately 6 kilometres offshore in about 20 metres of water. On both…

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Oct 15

October 15, 2014

A Swimming Anemone’s mistaken identity

The unusual form of the Swimming Anemone was recently mistaken for a bubble coral. Fortunately the Marine Life Society of South Australia’s expert eyes picked up on the error and politely set the record straight. Invertebrate blogger and author of Aristotle’s Lantern Heather Lynn initially suggested on Facebook that the following photo was beyond its known range of distribution. Guerilla Bay in NSW, Australia (southeast coast). Photo copyright 2014 by Vera Kurz Heather’s post on Facebook read: “My lovely friend and…

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Jul 10

July 10, 2014

Island between Hanson Bay and Cape Younghusband, Kangaroo Island

South Australia’s offshore and inshore islands – Part 1

Last year, I commenced a private study of the islands of Spencer Gulf, tenuously justified as background research on my forthcoming documentary film, Cuttlefish Country. I was struck by the number and diversity of inshore and offshore islands located there- from the sandy shoals of Curlew Island opposite the power station at Port Augusta in the north, to the rugged granite outcrops of the Neptune Islands beyond the mouth of the Gulf. Some of these islands were declared conservation parks in their own rights, (Tumby Island, Lipson…

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