cuttlefish and purple sea urchin at Point Lowly by Dan Monceaux

Fish farming could jeopardise Giant Australian cuttlefish aggregation near Whyalla

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In The Advertiser this week, the CEO of Clean Seas, Rob Gratton, claimed that if yellowtail kingfish farming returns to Fitzgerald Bay, upstream of the Point Lowly giant cuttlefish aggregation in Upper Spencer Gulf, it “will be subject to some of the most intense ongoing monitoring you can imagine”. The […]

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

Cuttlefish of South Australia

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Before I embarked on the production of the documentary film Cuttlefish Country, I had little appreciation of the diversity of cuttlefish species which are found in South Australian waters. When I discuss cuttlebones with friends or strangers, I’m usually met with surprise at the revelation that cuttlebones found in beachwash along the […]

Scientists studying the mating tactics of giant Australian cuttlefish

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When giant Australian cuttlefish, Sepia apama, mate, they meet head-to-head and embrace. The male uses a specialised arm to squirt his sperm in to the mouth of the female. There is some short video footage by Roger Hanlon from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts available. According to […]

Sepia officinalis © Sebastian Niedlich CC BY-NC-SA 2

New research shows shipping sound impacts cuttlefish

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Cuttlefish become stressed when exposed to shipping sound and panic when exposed to loud, low-frequencies, according to two scientific papers published this year. The Marine Life Society of South Australia believes that these results should trigger increased research efforts into the impact of shipping noise on the Giant Australian cuttlefish aggregation at Point Lowly, […]

cuttlefish and purple sea urchin at Point Lowly by Dan Monceaux

Aristotle’s lantern and other ‘invertebrate bits’ by Heather Robertson

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Heather Lynn Robertson/Stoker writes a blog on marine invertebrates entitled Aristotle’s Lantern. As the title of her blog suggests, Heather seems to be particularly keen on sea urchins. In her own words, “Aristotle’s lantern… is a hard, calcareous feeding structure comprised of very intricate parts unique to sea urchins.” Here […]

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

Marine Life Society of South Australia slams cuttlefish acoustic impact study

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The Marine Life Society of South Australia has condemned a recent study into the potential impact of shipping noise on the Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation claiming that the study is scientifically flawed and does not prove that shipping has not adversely affected the population. The Society is concerned that the […]