Great, scalloped or smooth? How to identify a hammerhead shark

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As a South Australian snorkeler, typically drawn to shallow, inshore waters, I haven’t had first-hand contact with hammerhead sharks. As a child I found them fascinating; their distinctive T-shaped heads an apparent freak of evolution. In 2014 my interest in hammerhead sharks was renewed. That year, Western Australia introduced a […]

White shark by Terry Goss

Seen a shark in SA waters? Report it for safety and science

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When I discuss sharks with divers or snorkellers, they tend to agree that shark sightings of any species are a rarity in SA- at least off metropolitan beaches and at popular dive sites. In something of an anomaly, a single Great White Shark (whether it was the same individual on […]

Common Sawshark & Green Sawfish sightings off Glenelg

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Sawfish and sawsharks are very rarely sighted by divers in South Australian waters. Diver Alex Suslin had an exciting encounter with a Common Sawshark, Pristiophorus cirratus at the Glenelg Dredge about 9am on 13th November 2014. He described the event as the first sighting of one he’d made in almost 20 years of diving. Alex […]

White shark by Terry Goss

Thoughts from Adelaide’s second rally against the Western Australian Shark Cull

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When I was asked to speak at Adelaide’s 2nd public demonstration in opposition to the Western Australian shark cull, I seized the opportunity. Prior to the first national day of action in January, I had concluded that the Barnett/Buswell ‘catch and kill’ policy was inhumane, unnecessary and unscientific. As an independent […]

Western Shovelnosed Ray MLSSA Dan Monceaux

Species list: Sharks, rays and skates of Upper Spencer Gulf

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A variety of elasmobranchs can be found in the waters of Upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia. In 2008, the Olympic Dam Expansion EIS was published. The document housed the following data in Appendix O2. Sighting records had been aggregated from a variety of sources. These records have been represented here, in […]