Aug 1

August 1, 2018

Back to the Breakwater for the Birds

I returned to the breakwater at Semaphore South today, mainly to search (unsuccessfully) for my lost glasses (during my recent kayak there). I visited the area twice today, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The tide was still going out in the morning. I had a good look around the beach for my lost glasses. I was... Read more

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Jul 31

July 31, 2018

My Swim with the Fur Seals at Semaphore South

Following my sighting of a pair of NZ fur seals whilst I was kayaking at Goolwa South Lakes recently, and an email received from Simon Vickers about them occurring at the Semaphore South breakwater, I wanted to view them for myself. The windy weather was a bit concerning on the day, so I drove along the Esplanade to see what the... Read more

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Jul 31

July 31, 2018

Mainstay Puffer, Arothron firmamentum, sighting at Brighton, SA

We recently received this fish photo via our Facebook page: –   It came along with this message from Lee Roberts: – “Hi, (I) found this puffer fish flapping in the surf at Brighton. Is it a starry pufferfish?” I was able to reply (in the name of the Marine Life Society of South Australia): – “Hi Lee, your photo... Read more

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Jul 30

July 30, 2018

‘Young Parrotfish’ Clean Algae From Manatee

My ongoing study of fish cleaners and cleaner fish continued recently when I caught the last ¾ of “Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth” (Season 1, Episode 3) on Channel 9 TV recently. I had missed the first 15 minutes of the program but settled down to watch the remainder of it when I saw that it featured much marine... Read more

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Jul 19

July 19, 2018

How relevant is MLSSA?

How relevant is MLSSA? I have been asked, indirectly, to answer that question. Clearly, we can’t dwell on the past. We can only consider the present and look to the future. Our long-running organisation provides a special interest group for SA marine life matters. We hold monthly meetings (Feb to Nov) for like-minded people to attend. We host a popular... Read more

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Jul 7

July 7, 2018

Kayaking in the Onkaparinga Gorge

For my third kayak in five days, I ventured down to Old Noarlunga this time. Allan Horsfall and myself launched our craft(s) here at Old Noarlunga: – The landing platform was under water this time, due to the winter rains. We paddled upstream, around the township and into the Onkaparinga Gorge. The gorge itself is spectacular. We saw lots of... Read more

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Jul 4

July 4, 2018

Another Day on the Port River

It was meant to be a windy day. It started with a shower of rain too. I thought to myself, “That’s it, I won’t be able to (or be keen to) go kayaking today”. Then I saw this wonderful double rainbow outside my home: – The rain had stopped and there was no wind at all. “That’s it,” I thought,... Read more

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Jul 3

July 3, 2018

Coastal Kayaking

I enjoyed a couple of solo kayaking trips recently. One was at South Lakes, Goolwa whist the other one was in the Port River at Garden Island. My Goolwa visit was a short 1/2 hour one due to time restrictions. It was memorable, however, due to sighting two fur seals in the water. I launched my kayak from this spot... Read more

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Jun 26

June 26, 2018

Banded Morwong sighting at Western River, Kangaroo Island

David Muirhead recently posted two old slide scans of an adult Banded Morwong, (Cheilodactylus spectabilis) from 1989 on iNaturalist. David’s comments accompanying the two slides read: – “2 old slide scans of an adult Banded Morwong at a (Western Cleaner Clingfish) station in a big, open cave near cliff base at Western River (via charter boat tender). …. a leatherjacket... Read more

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Jun 8

June 8, 2018

Sunfish approaches the surface in a horizontal position

Sunfish sightings in the Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs area (Updated)

Our Waitpinga correspondent, Elizabeth Steele-Collins recently reported the sighting of three sunfish (Mola) in the “Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs area” in one week. We heard that the three sightings involved “at least two different individuals (owing to size differences)”. Elizabeth has now clarified the matter as follows: – “I personally only sighted the 1 Sunfish from Waitpinga Cliffs (6th June 2018)... Read more

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