Giant Australian CuttlefishGiant Australian Cuttlefish

In mid September this year, my wife and I went for a drive down to Port Rickaby. We then went for a walk along the beach. To our astonishment we came across hundreds of dead cuttlefish washed up on the beach with many more still in the surfline.

My first thought was that these creatures had been caught on the top of the reef on the outgoing tide. The factor against this theory was that there were no juvenile cuttlefish to be seen. No other marine creatures were to be seen washed up with the cuttlefish.

It was not until I read in the MLSSA Newsletter of other events on the Western side of Spencer Gulf that I made a connection.

I would also mention that there has been no evidence of an oil spill near Port Rickaby.

Ron Bellchambers

By Marine Life Society of South Australia Inc.

Established in 1976, the Marine Life Society of South Australia Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to understanding, promoting and conserving South Australia's marine biodiversity. Many of the articles found on this blog were originally published in the Society's monthly newsletters or annual journals.

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