Nov 3

November 3, 2017

More About Cowfish in West Lakes and the Port River

It didn’t take long to get a response after publishing my article titled “The Occurrence of Cowfish in West Lakes & the Port River” online. The posting of the article on our website was immediately duplicated on our Facebook page. Almost immediately, Mike Bossley commented on Facebook: – “I have had reports of cowfish in West Lakes also, including a... Read more

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Nov 3

November 3, 2017

The Spines of Cowfish

In our July 1987 newsletter (No.120), I wrote about the spines of cowfish. I reported having found several small cowfish, both Ornate and Shaw’s. Some were so small that they didn’t have any spines at all. A 2cm-diameter and a 2.5cm Ornate Cowfish did not have any spines at all. Another one, which was just over 3cm-diameter, had just started... Read more

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Oct 31

October 31, 2017

The Occurrence of Cowfish in West Lakes & the Port River

David Muirhead and I were approached by a mother and child prior to our dive at the Trimmer Parade end of West Lakes. The lady asked us if we were aware of a “mid-size, bluish fish that would swim at the surface of the lake, taking in breaths of air every now and again before submerging once more”. She made... Read more

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Oct 16

October 16, 2017

Krefft’s Frillgoby, Bathygobius krefftii

I’ve long yearned to have a fish species, or any species at all, named after me. That doesn’t look like happening in a hurry, but I now feel content that I have at least had some influence, no matter how small, on the name of a fish species. The story behind this ‘naming’ commenced when I photographed this little fish... Read more

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Oct 10

October 10, 2017

The small congolli that I found ‘belly up’ at Myponga Beach

I recently collected a small congolli that I found effectively ‘belly up’. The small congolli effectively ‘belly up’ (Taken by David Muirhead) Actually, it was lying on its side, on the shallow bottom towards one sandy rubbly bank of the moderately briskly outflowing but very narrow rivulet. The small congolli lying on its side, on the shallow bottom  (Taken by David Muirhead) The rivulet,... Read more

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Oct 6

October 6, 2017

My Cetacean Sighting at Carrickalinga

In the afternoon of 3rd October, I saw a pair of (what I STRONGLY suspect were) some sort of pygmy or dwarf cetacean, species indeterminate. I saw them from the lookout at Carrickalinga’s Roma Mitchell Reserve. They were quite close to shore and moving rapidly north towards Myponga Beach.  Both were less than two metres long and absolutely were not... Read more

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Oct 5

October 5, 2017

An evening with Steve Parish

Tony Isaacson, MLSSA Life Member, attended a (workshop?) evening presented by Steve Parish at the Beerwah Library in Queensland this month. Tony with a promotional poster (Taken by Tony?) Steve is a well-published photographer (more than 2500 published books over 50 Years). His first book, “Australia’s Ocean of Life” was published in 1974 (as Stephen Parish): – A screen shot... Read more

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Sep 25

September 25, 2017

Long-nosed fur seal at Encounter-Bay by Emma Monceaux

Long-nosed fur seals hauling out at the Fort Glanville breakwater

I had a pleasant surprise on Friday afternoon, when I was treated to an intimate encounter with South Australia’s most notorious pinniped. I’m talking about Arctocephalus forsteri, the long-nosed fur seal; loved by many and detested by some. Previously known as the New Zealand fur seal, its common name caused some confusion in the community, as people falsely assumed that the... Read more

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Sep 19

September 19, 2017

More About the Normanville Communication Cable

Further to my article “The 1875 Communication Cable from Normanville to Kangaroo Island”, whether the cable was installed in during the 1860s or the 1870s, has been a niggling doubt for the author. The few historical records I’d come across seemed to vary a bit as to key dates with regards to the draft project’s definitive government funding approval date, works commencement and completion dates,... Read more

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Sep 17

September 17, 2017

Pipefish encounters: One genus, two species, endless entertainment

Encounters of the kind below are not what most of us expect when at the beach for a swim and a bit of relaxation on a nice summer day. Which adds a special touch, for me at least. You can wade bare-footed at knee to waist depth off almost any white sandy beach in Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf and see... Read more

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