Mar 10

March 10, 2020

More peculiar colour patterns in fish

More peculiar colour patterns in fish (Mostly as told to Steve Reynolds by David Muirhead) I described a most peculiar colour pattern in zebra fish, Girella zebra in A Most Peculiar Colour Pattern in Zebra Fish (as told to Steve Reynolds by David Muirhead). Cropped image of the Zebra Fish with a ‘most unusual colour pattern’ (Taken by David Muirhead... Read more

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Mar 5

March 5, 2020

Possible origins of the large anchor at Port Noarlunga reef

The large anchor at Port Noarlunga reef seems to have come from the Duilius by Steve Reynolds In his “South Aussie Snippets” column in the August 2018 issue of Dive Log magazine, Christopher Deane suggested that the large anchor at Port Noarlunga reef had come from the shipwreck of the Duilius (pronounced Du-elius). Just what is known about the Duilius... Read more

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Jan 31

January 31, 2020

Dive Magazine Collection in our Society Library

The Marine Life Society of South Australia’s literature collection includes a range of periodicals on the subject of diving. The magazines listed below were donated by Steve Selbach of Elite Dive Academy, Peter Horne, Andrew Hunter, Diving Adelaide, Sam Powrie and Steve Reynolds. The collection is available to access at the Port Environment Centre in Port Adelaide. The following collections... Read more

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Jan 31

January 31, 2020

The Rainbow Warrior

The Rainbow Warrior by Steve Reynolds 25 years ago, Greenpeace’s first Rainbow Warrior ship was blown-up whilst docked in Auckland harbour in New Zealand on 10th July 1985. The ship was being prepared for a protest voyage to Moruroa Atoll over French nuclear testing. French Secret Service agents planted two bombs on the ship. These bombs resulted in two large... Read more

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Dec 20

December 20, 2019

Seaweeds found to be also sensitive to ocean warming

Seaweeds found to be also sensitive to ocean warming by Steve Reynolds Alexia Graba-Landry says that seaweeds are just as sensitive to ocean warming as corals. Alexia is a 2017-2019 PhD candidate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland. She was a Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Doctoral Fellow in 2017.... Read more

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Dec 20

December 20, 2019

Smith Bay, Kangaroo Island Deepwater Port revised proposal: MLSSA Inc Position Statement

Dear Sir/Madam/Staff Concerned, I, as Secretary of the Marine Life Society of South Australia Inc. (hereafter MLSSA Inc) ,with the President and Committee’s unanimous support, do hereby provide our position statement concerning KIPT’s Smith Bay K.I proposal for a deep water port facility. MLSSA Inc, as the only incorporated  not-for-profit community group within South Australia whose Constitution and Aims cover... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 2019

UN Report Warns About the Threat of Increased Marine Heatwaves

UN REPORT WARNS ABOUT THE THREAT OF INCREASED MARINE HEATWAVES by Steve Reynolds The December issue of the SDFSA’s newsletter reported that scientists were warning that marine heatwaves were threatening the oyster industry and affecting the Great Barrier Reef (Marine Heatwaves Threatening Oyster Industry and Affecting Great Barrier Reef, Scientists Warn). It stated that “Scientists warn that climate change is... Read more

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Nov 23

November 23, 2019

From Stromatolites to Microbialites

From Stromatolites to Microbialites by Steve Reynolds During Ian Lewis’ talk about cave diving around Mount Gambier at the SDFSA’s Splash Inn event during SA Scuba Week, he mentioned the occurrence of stromatolites in the Blue Lake. This reminded me about the article Report on the Blue Lake Sediment Sampling & Research Programme February/March 2008 by Peter Horne in our... Read more

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Nov 13

November 13, 2019

Bottlenosed dolphin at the surface MLSSA

List of dolphin watching, conservation and advocacy groups on Facebook in South Australia

Among South Australia’s most beloved marine species are the bottlenosed dolphins, Tursiops sp. Dolphins which forage, feed and rear their young in inshore environments like Tursiops are vulnerable to various threats in the marine environment. These include the possibility of being struck by a boat, personal water craft or propeller, becoming entangled in discarded or lost fishing tackle, or having... Read more

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Oct 29

October 29, 2019

The Loss and Recovery of the Anchors from Matthew Flinders’ Ship HMS Investigator

The Loss and Recovery of the Anchors from Matthew Flinders’ Ship HMS Investigator by Steve Reynolds The large anchor inside the South Australian Maritime Museum is from Matthew Flinders’ ship HMS Investigator. It is a 4m-long, 1 tonne stocked anchor and it is possibly the oldest known anchor in South Australia. It has a (replica) large wooden stock. It was... Read more

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