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Dec 20

December 20, 2019

Seaweeds found to be also sensitive to ocean warming

Seaweeds found to be also sensitive to ocean warming by Steve Reynolds Alexia Graba-Landry says that seaweeds are just as sensitive to ocean warming as corals. Alexia is a 2017-2019 PhD candidate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland. She was a Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Doctoral Fellow in 2017.... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 2019

UN Report Warns About the Threat of Increased Marine Heatwaves

UN REPORT WARNS ABOUT THE THREAT OF INCREASED MARINE HEATWAVES by Steve Reynolds The December issue of the SDFSA’s newsletter reported that scientists were warning that marine heatwaves were threatening the oyster industry and affecting the Great Barrier Reef (Marine Heatwaves Threatening Oyster Industry and Affecting Great Barrier Reef, Scientists Warn). It stated that “Scientists warn that climate change is... Read more

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Nov 13

November 13, 2019

Bottlenosed dolphin at the surface MLSSA

List of dolphin watching, conservation and advocacy groups on Facebook in South Australia

Among South Australia’s most beloved marine species are the bottlenosed dolphins, Tursiops sp. Dolphins which forage, feed and rear their young in inshore environments like Tursiops are vulnerable to various threats in the marine environment. These include the possibility of being struck by a boat, personal water craft or propeller, becoming entangled in discarded or lost fishing tackle, or having... Read more

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Jul 10

July 10, 2019

Work begins on the Port Adelaide Anchor Trail

The Marine Life Society of South Australia is pleased to announce that research and development on the Port Adelaide Anchor Trail is officially underway. The project was conceived in early 2019 by Society president Steve Reynolds, who has a life-long interest in the maritime history of South Australia. Steve first identified the potential to present the large historic anchors scattered... Read more

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Feb 10

February 10, 2019

Scientists believe that they have proven that fish are ‘self-aware’

Scientists believe that they have proven that fish are ‘self-aware’ by Steve Reynolds Because of my interest in fish behaviour, and a desire to learn all about fish cleaning behaviour as a part of that, I was very interested to read a recent newspaper report regarding cleaner wrasse. The report only featured in The Advertiser during February 2019, even though... Read more

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Feb 4

February 4, 2018

The study of fish cleaning behaviour in South Australian waters

Several papers and publications either authored, co-authored or edited by our Patron, Dr Scoresby Shepherd, detailed his early work regarding the study of fish cleaning behaviour in South Australian waters. These include:- “Paradise is Underwater – Memoir of a marine biologist” (2016) by Dr Scoresby A. Shepherd AO (p.261). “Ecology of Australian Temperate Reefs – The Unique South” (2013) edited... Read more

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Dec 6

December 6, 2017

Congolli (Pseudaphritis urvillii) discovered in five freshwater rivers across Kangaroo Island

Environment Minister Ian Hunter issued a Press Release on 5th December 2017 concerning the recent discovery of 27 congolli in 5 rivers on KI. It announced that a fish species known as congolli had been discovered in freshwater rivers across Kangaroo Island for the first time. The presence of congolli on Kangaroo Island suggests that the island’s rivers are providing... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 2017

UPSKILL STUDY PROGRAMS AT THE UDAYANA UNIVERSITY

The Marine Life Society of South Australia is promoting a semester abroad program at the Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia to South Australian students. The Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia will be conducting a 16-week international study program in the field of Tropical Biology and Marine Conservation. This program aims at raising environmental awareness and motivating and recruiting future conservationists.... Read more

Posted in Courses, Education, Mangroves, Research | By

Jun 19

June 19, 2017

Osedax Worms Update 2

Osedax worms have been found in Australian waters for the first time. Osedax worms are ‘whale’ worms, worms that feed on the bones of dead whales. They were recently found burrowed deep inside the bones of a pilot whale hauled up from a deep-sea abyss off Byron Bay, New South Wales (no pun intended). The skull and spine of the... Read more

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Dec 14

December 14, 2016

Acorn worm’s ‘Wolverine’ style healing powers

According to a recent report in the Sunday Mail (4/12/16), acorn worms can apparently regrow any of their body parts from nothing. The report was written by Harry Pettit from Washington, USA. He says that “researchers hope that unravelling the worm’s DNA could lead the team to human limb regeneration”. The researchers involved are from the University of Washington and... Read more

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