Seacliff Choir

Sunday’s dive on Seacliff Reef had some of the best visibility I have seen here in our local waters for months. There was almost no need for the sounder as the bottom was perfectly clear 12 meters down beneath the boat. I wished I’d brought a wide angle setup for this dive as the underwater […]

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Alien Seed

These enigmatic and almost unnerving sponges around Edithburgh Jetty seem to me like some ancient sentinel lifeform left to observe the passage of evolution. When I think of them in that way it no longer seems strange that these are animals, not plants, and that it is more than likely that this sentinel began its […]

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Another World

This hand sized fan worm is one of the many spectacular creatures that inhabit our local waters. I say local but it really is another world altogether. It looks like a plant; like some exotic miniature palm tree. This guy however is a worm which builds a tubular casing away from its supporting structure so […]

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Bowl of Cowries

My dive buddy Andy spotted this extraordinary scene last weekend as we made our way north on the outside of Port Noarlunga Reef. His odd gestures to me seemed to be asking, ‘did I stage this”, ‘did some other divers before us stage this’, or is there something special about this sponge that made three […]

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Noarlunga Gorgonian

At a glance you could be excused for thinking this shot was taken on some exotic tropical reef. Certainly gorgonian corals often feature in deep tropical reef locations but they are just as at home here in our South Australian cold to temperate waters as in the tropics. I first found gorgonian corals many years […]

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