Viewing: Whales & Dolphins

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 pilot whale were both hauled up from the abyss off Australia’s east coast. Scientists discovered Osedax worms burrowed deep inside…

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Nov 11

November 11, 2015

Southern Right Whale - SA Whale Centre - May 2014

Dan Monceaux’s submission in response to Oceanic Victor’s EPBC Act referral

Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd/Tourism and Recreation/waters off Encounter Bay, 600m SE Victor Harbour/South Australia/Oceanic Victor Viewing Platform Proposal, SA Referral: 2015/7592 I would like to begin my personal submission by pointing out that this proposal by Oceanic Victor is the first time that any sea-cage aquaculture related operation in South Australia has ever been referred to the EPBC Act. Let me firstly commend the proponents for acknowledging the importance of EPBC referral, given the variety of sensitive receptors present in…

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Sep 10

September 10, 2015

Wade Doak “Encounters with Whales & Dolphins”

(Photo taken by Steve Reynolds) New Zealander Wade Doak gave a public lecture titled “Encounters” at Adelaide High School in early 1989. Wade is the author of several books. He has now written some 19 books about the sea. Back in 1989, “Encounters with Whales & Dolphins” was his latest book, hence the title of his talk (Encounters). The lecture was held in a darkened theatre and I was unable to make many notes about the lecture. I published a…

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Aug 7

August 7, 2015

Southern Bluefin Tuna (Carl Charter)

Dan Monceaux’s submission in response to Oceanic Victor proposal

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed below are the personal views of the author. To PIRSA Aquaculture, Please find attached my submission in response to Oceanic Victor‘s pilot lease application to establish a sea cage aquaculture tourism operation near Granite Island in Encounter Bay, South Australia. I am linking a number of additional files to support the presence of protected species in the vicinity of the project site. PUBLIC SKEPTICISM Members of the public have expressed concern that given the common business interests of…

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Dec 10

December 10, 2014

Central pair of dead sperm whales at Ardrossan Dec 8 2014 - Emma Monceaux for web

Propeller strike evidence found on dead Sperm whale near Ardrossan, December 8 2014

The first known group stranding of Sperm whales to occur on South Australia’s coastline was reported near Ardrossan yesterday morning. Among the curious onlookers, members of the Marine Life Society of South Australia attended the scene, where they inspected the bodies of five of the seven deceased whales. While obvious external injuries appeared to be absent from four of the whales, one of the whales showed evidence of propeller strike, a symptom of collision with a vessel at sea. Marine Life Society of South Australia’s secretary,…

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Nov 10

November 10, 2014

Aug 6

August 6, 2014

Western Blue Groper

Evolutionary biologist Professor Steve Donnellan’s ‘Wild lives of wildlife’

Several members of the Marine Life Society of South Australia attended a talk hosted by Butterfly Conservation SA last night. The guest speaker was Professor Steve Donnellan from the South Australian Museum’s Evolutionary Biology Unit, who led us on a curious tour through the sexual hardware of a wide range of terrestrial, avian and marine species. Diversity was the order of the day, and Steven made the point very clearly that the purpose of sex is to reproduce, and so long as…

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Aug 3

August 3, 2014

prints of whales - fleurieu peninsula whale watching photography competition

Opportunity for SA’s whale watchers and underwater photographers

Winter is an exciting time in South Australia’s inshore waters, and this winter the avid marine life photographer can chase a reward even greater than the satisfaction of capturing a beautiful image of a rare, endemic or iconic species. Not only do the Giant Australian Cuttlefish gather en masse near Point Lowly in Upper Spencer Gulf in a mere 3-6 metres of water, but some true giants also make their way to our shores from Antarctica this time of year. I’m…

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Aug 3

August 3, 2014

Jul 30

July 30, 2014