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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... Read more

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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... 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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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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.... Read more

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