Sep 26

September 26, 2019

David Witton anchor anniversary

David Witton anchor anniversary by Steve Reynolds Continuing my recent focus on Witton Bluff, as I wrote in our May 1985 newsletter, it “is situated at the southern end of Christies Beach, just before the northern end of the Port Noarlunga reef. There is a reef at Witton Bluff which extends out to sea from the mainland. It is fully... Read more

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Sep 26

September 26, 2019

Species sighted at Witton Bluff & Christies Reef

Species sighted at Witton Bluff & Christies Reef by Steve Reynolds As reported in My Early Diving Days , Witton Bluff is the high point on the coast between Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach. It is named after the 1839 wreck of the David Witton. I did my first sea snorkel there in January 1978. I returned there later that year with... Read more

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Sep 23

September 23, 2019

My Early Diving Days

My Early Diving Days by Steve Reynolds Witton Bluff is the high point on the coast between Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach. It is named after the 1839 wreck of the David Witton. I did my ‘first’ sea snorkel there in January 1978. I say ‘first’ because I had briefly used one of those ‘ping pong’ mask and snorkels as... Read more

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Jul 25

July 25, 2019

The discovery of a dead Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans

The discovery of a dead Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans by Steve Reynolds Port Willunga resident Allan Horsfall has reported the discovery of a dead carcass of a Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans at Port Willunga beach on 13th July 2019. The dead bird was found in good condition. It had a wingspan of 3.2m. It was taken to a Willunga vet... Read more

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Jul 25

July 25, 2019

Changes Over Time to Two Wreck Sites at the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard

Changes Over Time to Two Wreck Sites at the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard By Steve Reynolds There are several wrecks in the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard at Ethelton. Two such wrecks are the Trafalgar and the Alert. Here is an early photo of the Trafalgar when it was still a paddle steamer at Echuca: – The paddle steamer Trafalgar at... Read more

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Jul 22

July 22, 2019

The Growth of Mangroves at the Jervois Basin, Ethelton

The Growth of Mangroves at the Jervois Basin, Ethelton by Steve Reynolds On 20th July 2019, I visited the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard, along with Phill McPeake’s son-in-law Danny and his brother Gerard, with some of their children. We were there to record details of the Trafalgar wreck as part of the GIRT Scientific Divers program. Danny & I, along... 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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Jun 23

June 23, 2019

Port Noarlunga Jetty Stairs Project Update

The City of Onkaparinga announced on June 20 “The manufacture of the new jetty staircase (at Port Noarlunga jetty) is now completed and it’s in storage ready for installation. The installation timing is ultimately determined by the weather because the contractors require consecutive days of perfect conditions to install the free-standing piles accurately the first time. “Piling is the procedure... Read more

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Jun 19

June 19, 2019

Nudibranchs and other sea slugs of the Port River, South Australia

The Marine Life Society of SA was recently asked which species of sea slugs (which include nudibranchs) are found in the Port (Adelaide) River. We’ve only just started exploring the river underwater, so the list below is very much a work in progress. Prior to 2017, as far as we are aware, the river was largely unexplored (by divers at... Read more

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Jun 18

June 18, 2019

Aldinga Rd lead merchant, Willunga

What to do with old fishing gear found while snorkeling or diving?

Divers and snorkelers often come across discarded or entangled fishing gear underwater. Unsurprisingly, the problem is most pronounced around rocky points or jetty structures where people regularly fish. Responsible divers do the right thing, and where practical, cut loose and bring ashore any gear they encounter… though one must be careful not to pierce one’s neoprene gloves, wetsuits (or worse:... Read more

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