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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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Jun 26

June 26, 2014

Seastar

Help the SA Museum digitise its seastar collection records

The South Australian Museum has just loaded its second crowd-sourcing expedition on the Atlas of Living Australia’s Biodiversity Volunteer Portal – and they’re looking for your help! The Biodiversity Volunteer Portal is an opportunity for volunteers at home to help create database records for the South Australian museum’s specimen collection. The museum has more than 1.5 million specimens in their Marine Invertebrates collection. Getting them all digitised and online will make them more accessible for researchers and the general public, but it’s…

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Jun 16

June 16, 2014

Whyalla Underwater Shootout a resounding success

The inaugural Whyalla Underwater Shootout held over the long weekend from June 7-9th was a resounding success, according to its organisers. The competition, which was hosted by the Marine Life Society of South Australia attracted 96 entries from eleven photographers from around the state. Facing the chilly waters of Upper Spencer Gulf in the winter time, they suited up, snorkelled, dived and clicked away in the shallow waters off Whyalla and Point Lowly. To qualify for the competition, images had to…

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Jun 4

June 4, 2014

Alan Paskett - Sepia apama, Black Point, 3-4m June 2014

Underwater photographers focus on Whyalla’s biodiversity

This long weekend, divers and snorkelers from Adelaide and Whyalla will unite to explore and photograph the biodiversity of Upper Spencer Gulf. The Whyalla Underwater Shootout will encourage young and old to explore the region’s rocky and artificial reefs, sandy bottoms, sea grass meadows and mangroves to show that there’s more to Whyalla’s waters than the Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation. The event is hosted by the Marine Life Society of South Australia, a not-for-profit organisation which was founded 38 years…

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Apr 30

April 30, 2014

Giant Australian Cuttlefish

Report Sightings of Giant Australian Cuttlefish in SA Waters

Giant Australian Cuttlefish occur right across southern Australia, but one of the most interesting aspects of their biology is that they aggregate to breed near Point Lowly in northern Spencer Gulf in South Australia. This is the only known breeding aggregation of Giant Cuttlefish in the world, but in recent years the numbers on this breeding aggregation have declined and we aren’t sure why. Recreational SCUBA divers, and commercial fishers, boaters and scientists are being invited to spot, log and…

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