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Dec 30

December 30, 2006

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

Sepia apama, the Giant Australian Cuttlefish of Whyalla, SA

Author: Evan John One of the most spectacular events of the natural marine world takes place annually between May and August in the reef areas of upper Spencer Gulf, around Black Point, Point Lowly and Fitzgerald Bay, north of the town of Whyalla, on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Fig. 1. Sepia Apama It is here that the giant Australian cuttlefish, Sepia... Read more

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Dec 30

December 30, 2000

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

The Amazing Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)

When diving in southern Australian waters, there are few creatures more stunningly beautiful AND intelligent than the cephalopods. The entire family has the ability to rapidly change colours to camouflage, court and communicate, and they have the largest brains of any known marine invertebrate group. They exhibit a wide range of behaviours that indicate intelligence including learning and curiosity, and... Read more

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Sep 7

September 7, 2000

Scoresby Shepherd & Sprigg Diving Bell SARDI

Scoresby Shepherd ‘Comes up for air’

Originally published in Southern Fisheries magazine – Spring 2000 Dr Scoresby Shepherd’s fascination¬†with marine life was fired by the exploits of legendary French diver and adventurer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. It was in the 1950s and Scoresby was a young man, working towards a career in law. Between studies, he helped form an underwater research group, diving with homemade equipment to collect... Read more

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Sep 30

September 30, 1998

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

Update On Giant Australian Cuttlefish Protection 1998

In my “News in Brief” report in our May 1998 Newsletter I stated that the Whyalla Sports Diving Club was trying to protect cuttlefish breeding grounds. A report in The Advertiser later reported a group of people taking more than 230kg of cuttlefish from a closed area near Point Lowly. Another report in The Advertiser then said that huge numbers... Read more

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Apr 30

April 30, 1998

Wardang Island - Google Earth

Dive Report: Wardang Island 1996

Well, seeing as I have not been on a dive for some time now I thought I would reflect on a dive I had 2 years ago out at Wardang Island. The dive took place on a calm Sunday morning and the trip out to the south west tip of the island was as smooth as a ducks bottom. On... Read more

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Apr 30

April 30, 1997

Leafy Sea Dragon

Dragon Search & Leafy Sea Dragon protection

Steve tabled a Certificate of Appreciation from Dragon Search at our March meeting. It was awarded to him for his support of Dragon Search during 1996. Steve was also applauded by members at the meeting for receiving the certificate. In January Philip Hall tabled a letter to be sent to the Government regarding the issuing of licences for the collection... Read more

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Mar 30

March 30, 1997

Southern Right Whale - SA Whale Centre - May 2014

Great Australian Bight Marine Park Management Plan

The Department of Environment & Natural Resources recently sent a copy of a draft of the Great Australian Bight Marine Park (GABMP) Management Plan to the Scuba Divers Federation of SA. The SDFSA asked our Secretary (& SDF Rep), Steve Reynolds to report details of the plan. It is in a draft form to allow the public to comment on... Read more

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Mar 30

March 30, 1997

sa gulfs google earth

Marine & Estuarine Strategy

The SA Government is developing a Marine & Estuarine Strategy for our state. A workshop to develop a framework for the strategy was held earlier this month. Christine Charles is the Chair of the Strategy Steering Committee. She says that our marine & estuarine environments represent an important source of economic wealth & recreational amenity to SA. They also show... Read more

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