Viewing: Sharks & Rays

Jun 12

June 12, 2017

Shovelnose Stingarees

Fish identification can be tricky at the best of times. Then there are often new species that were not included in the old fish books. And the scientific names of species are often changing, and even changing back again. I recently revisited my 2016 article titled “Same Ray Seen Two Months Apart” (It can be found at http://mlssa.org.au/2016/01/09/same-ray-seen-two-months-apart/). It was about my sighting of a ‘stingray’ with part of its tail missing. I had seen what appeared to be the…

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Jan 9

January 9, 2016

Same Ray Seen Two Months Apart

I believe that I saw the same stingray (or stingaree) at Port Noarlunga reef on two separate dives two months apart. During my dive there on 7th November 2015, I took these photos of a ray just right of the jetty:- It seemed to me that part of the ray’s tail was missing. Two months later, on 6th January 2016, I took these photos of a similar ray off to the left of the jetty: It seemed to be the…

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Jul 17

July 17, 2015

Second Valley update

Spearfishing There is a spearfishing restriction at “Second Valley Bay”. It has been in place for over 23 years now. The restriction is listed in the “South Australian Recreational Fishing Guide” under “General Fishing Information/Fish Spear/Hand Spear/Powerheads”. It is also listed at http://pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_gear/permitted_devices . Signage at Second Valley in 2009 (Taken by Steve Reynolds) As I wrote in my blog , “A spearfishing ban at Second Valley was proclaimed in March 1992. Page 16 of the 2008 (& 2010) “SA…

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Apr 10

April 10, 2015

White shark by Terry Goss

Submission to SA Government re: shark cage diving locations in South Australia

To whom it may concern, Please accept this submission as our official response to the announcement that alternative sites are to be investigated for the redistribution of shark cage diving tourism. We understand that the proposed redistribution follows the absence of sharks from long established sites near the Neptune Islands, a phenomenon possibly caused by an orca attack, witnessed by tour operators. While we acknowledge that this activity has economically benefited the state and raised the profile of Great white…

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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 year at The Dredge. The wreck is located approximately 6 kilometres offshore in about 20 metres of water. On both…

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Nov 30

November 30, 2014

Buried Shovelnosed ray, Glenelg by Dan Monceaux MLSSA

Nocturnal observations around Glenelg marina and jetty

While this weekend’s scorching hot temperatures kept my wife and I out of the sun for the most part, we couldn’t resist making a late night beach walk down at Glenelg. While the habitats there are highly modified due to breakwater and marina construction, dune removal for coastal development plus stormwater, Patawalonga and treated wastewater inflows, there remains an abundance of life to be observed by anyone with an eye for detail and a nice bright flashlight. Emma and I…

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Nov 21

November 21, 2014

White shark by Terry Goss

Great white shark sightings at the Glenelg tyre reef in 2014

A pair of divers from the Adelaide University Scuba Club came face to face with a White pointer shark while diving at the Glenelg tyre reef in South Australia on 9th November. Although the shark came a little too close for comfort for Jan Busch and Mark Sutcliffe, Jan was at least able to take a few photographs of it. Details about the incident were published in The Advertiser newspaper. The report, along with the photos, can also be found at…

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Nov 21

November 21, 2014

Common Sawshark & Green Sawfish sightings off Glenelg

Sawfish and sawsharks are very rarely sighted by divers in South Australian waters. Diver Alex Suslin had an exciting encounter with a Common Sawshark, Pristiophorus cirratus at the Glenelg Dredge about 9am on 13th November 2014. He described the event as the first sighting of one he’d made in almost 20 years of diving. Alex estimates that he had dived that site approximately 100 times before. “It was heading towards the Dredge at a great rate of knots, but I couldn’t find it there. It…

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Nov 6

November 6, 2014

Catsharks and Blind Sharks

Allan Horsfall found a small shark during our dive together at Second Valley on 6th September 2014. We had entered the water in the second bay to the left of the jetty. I was ahead of Allan as I proceeded to head out along the rocky headland there. When I looked back to check on Allan’s progress, he was calling me back to where he had stopped in the shallows. He pointed out a small shark resting at the base…

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Oct 15

October 15, 2014

Sea Shepherd 'The Shark Cull' documentary film

‘The Shark Cull’ documentary film screening in Adelaide, October 26

A Sea Shepherd documentary film about the Western Australian shark cull is having it’s Adelaide premiere on October 26, 2014. The film exposes the brutal cruelty of the controversial program that took place off the WA Coastline last summer. It features never before seen footage & exclusive interviews with Sharon Burden (mother of Kyle Burden, tragically taken in 2011 by a White Shark), Skyler Thomas, Jeff Hansen, Nicole McLachlan, Craig Moss & Mike Dicks – captain of the Sea Shepherd vessell,…

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