Benthic Bliss

Some South Australian scuba divers love doing it on the bottom! That’s where all the benthic action happens and is a treasure trove of sights and wonders most missed by pelagic divers. Here on the bottom amid the sponges and ascidians a world of macro activity is constantly taking place. In this image a grazing […]

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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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