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Jul 9

July 9, 2014

Uncommon Smooth Crassatella (Giant Cockle) found at Brighton, SA

On 3rd July 2014, Society member David Muirhead found a single half of a ‘Giant Cockle’ valve (105mm max diameter) in a sand dune cutaway at Brighton beach, South Australia. David took a series of photographs of the specimen, including the following images: – The half valve with brown adductor scars   According to David, the ‘Giant Cockle’, Eucrassatella donacina,... 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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May 13

May 13, 2014

Southern Right Whale - SA Whale Centre - May 2014

Whale season launch at the SA Museum – May 27, 2014

The Marine Life Society of South Australia is pleased to announce that we will have a stall at the SA Whale Centre’s official whale season launch event, to be held at the South Australian Museum on May 27th, 2014. Our stall will feature an audio-visual display of South Australian marine life, and a sneak-preview of a very special new computer game... Read more

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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... Read more

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Apr 30

April 30, 2009

Giant Australian Cuttlefish

Diving in Port Lincoln (and more on cuttlefish attacks)

(As told to Steve Reynolds by Phil Porter) Phil Porter from Port Lincoln recently became a new MLSSA member. Phil said that he has been diving in the Port Lincoln area for many years. He did a FAUI scuba course in 1981, and has been into photography since that time. “My main interest has always been the incredible local marine... Read more

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Oct 30

October 30, 2007

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

Australian Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)

Author: Dr Robert Browne, Seadragon Foundation Inc. Prelude: The document is an expanded excerpt for a “Conservation Guide” for the proposed BHP Billiton Desalination Plant at Port Bonython, Upper Spencer Gulf. The evolving “Conservation Guide” is available at (SFI 2007). The Australian giant cuttlefish (Sepia apama), protected syngnathids, recreational and commercial fish, and unique ecosystems are of significance to the sustainable... Read more

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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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Jun 30

June 30, 2006

Giant Australian Cuttlefish

My Story on the Nasty Cuttlefish of SA

Location: Port Moorowie, Yorke Peninsula (Sometime in March 2006) Geoff Prince and I were diving together in shallow water of 5m along a reef to the right of the Port Moorowie boat ramp. This is a glorious place and I recommend that you take a look at it. We plan to go there again in winter when we’re not searching... Read more

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Nov 7

November 7, 2001

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

Cuttlefish in the media

I read our last MLSSA Journal (No.11) with great interest and enjoyed all of the articles including the one by Alex Gaut about cuttles. I managed to check out the ‘Cuttlefish Capital’ website and was very impressed with the webpage. The cuttlefish at Whyalla featured on Channel 7’s “Discover” program on 30/1/01 and I was duly enthused. Three of Alex’s... 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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