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Jun 16

June 16, 2014

Whyalla Underwater Shootout a resounding success

The inaugural Whyalla Underwater Shootout held over the long weekend from June 7-9th was a resounding success, according to its organisers. The competition, which was hosted by the Marine Life Society of South Australia attracted 96 entries from eleven photographers from around the state. Facing the chilly waters of Upper Spencer Gulf in the winter time, they suited up, snorkelled, dived and clicked away in the shallow waters off Whyalla and Point Lowly. To qualify for the competition, images had to…

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Jun 4

June 4, 2014

Alan Paskett - Sepia apama, Black Point, 3-4m June 2014

Underwater photographers focus on Whyalla’s biodiversity

This long weekend, divers and snorkelers from Adelaide and Whyalla will unite to explore and photograph the biodiversity of Upper Spencer Gulf. The Whyalla Underwater Shootout will encourage young and old to explore the region’s rocky and artificial reefs, sandy bottoms, sea grass meadows and mangroves to show that there’s more to Whyalla’s waters than the Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation. The event is hosted by the Marine Life Society of South Australia, a not-for-profit organisation which was founded 38 years…

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Oct 30

October 30, 2007

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

Australian Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)

Author: Dr Robert Browne, Seadragon Foundation Inc. Prelude: The document is an expanded excerpt for a “Conservation Guide” for the proposed BHP Billiton Desalination Plant at Port Bonython, Upper Spencer Gulf. The evolving “Conservation Guide” is available at (SFI 2007). http://www.seadragonfoundation.org/SFI%20Articles/Articles.htm The Australian giant cuttlefish (Sepia apama), protected syngnathids, recreational and commercial fish, and unique ecosystems are of significance to the sustainable management of marine biodiversity in the Port Bonython area (SFI 2007). Port Bonython is located on Point Lowly. The Australian…

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Aug 30

August 30, 2002

Gummy shark illustration 1881

Dive with sharks and rays at Granite Island, Encounter Bay

Thanks to Ben Brayford from Granite Island Nature Park, I have now realized one of my diving dreams. On Sunday 23rd June I visited Ben’s ‘office’ at Granite Island. Actually, it’s off of the island. Ben’s office is the “Below Decks Shark Aquarium”, a platform moored away from the Screwpile Jetty on the island. I drove my wagon across the causeway to the island with two passengers onboard. They were my dive buddy Peter and my friend David Offord. David…

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Dec 30

December 30, 2000

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

The Amazing Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)

When diving in southern Australian waters, there are few creatures more stunningly beautiful AND intelligent than the cephalopods. The entire family has the ability to rapidly change colours to camouflage, court and communicate, and they have the largest brains of any known marine invertebrate group. They exhibit a wide range of behaviours that indicate intelligence including learning and curiosity, and they are, above all, utterly charming. Surprisingly cuttles (they are not fish, ergo I do not use the common term…

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Jul 6

July 6, 2000

Alan Paskett - Sepia apama, Black Point, 3-4m June 2014

Sex – Cuttlefish Style

Whyalla’s self-proclamation as the “Cuttle Capital” of Australia is absolutely true, for three months of the year – winter. From May to August, giant cuttles (Sepia apama) migrate from all over (scientists aren’t sure how far) to gather in False Bay, Whyalla and have a three month long sexfest! I went to Whyalla with eleven other divers to experience this awesome spectacle. We went first to the most famous spot to see the cuttles, an inconspicuous-looking place simply called ‘the…

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Sep 30

September 30, 1998

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

Update On Giant Australian Cuttlefish Protection 1998

In my “News in Brief” report in our May 1998 Newsletter I stated that the Whyalla Sports Diving Club was trying to protect cuttlefish breeding grounds. A report in The Advertiser later reported a group of people taking more than 230kg of cuttlefish from a closed area near Point Lowly. Another report in The Advertiser then said that huge numbers of cuttlefish were being caught by recreational anglers in the Whyalla area, prompting the introduction of a bag limit for…

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Jul 1

July 1, 1998

Alan Paskett - Sepia apama, Black Point, 3-4m June 2014

Cuttlefish closure and new recreational fishing regulations 1998

The following notice was recently received from PIRSA (Primary Industries and Resources SA) dated 22nd May 1998: “The Government, on advice from the Minister for Primary Industries, Natural Resources and Regional Development, has reviewed the management arrangements introduced for the cuttlefish fishery on 25th February 1998. Recreational bag/boat limits have now been introduced for cuttlefish throughout South Australia. These measures now include the closure of all waters of Spencer Gulf within an area bounded by a line commencing at the Point Lowly lighthouse, then…

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Upper Spencer Gulf - Google Earth

Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Life & Aquatic Reserves

I have kept an article from the 10th September 1985 issue of The News which gives details about the marine life of upper Spencer Gulf. Parts of this article are reproduced below:- The Iron Triangle girdles the fish-rich Spencer Gulf. This body of water, along with other gulf waters, is unique because of SA’s latitudinal position and lack of significant rainfall and freshwater input. The gulfs, particularly upper Spencer Gulf, are termed reverse estuaries with higher salinities (up to 52% at…

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