The Scallop’s Eyes

The iridescent blue eyes of the Doughboy Scallop, (Mimachlamys asperrima), are little optical marvels. They are in fact more like tiny Schmidt telescopes than conventional eyeballs. The back surface of the scallop’s eye is like a mirror which reflects the incoming light back towards the lens opening. The light sensitive cells of the retina are […]

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Wounded One

This poor guy is suffering war wounds of love as he and many other suitors battle it out for the available girls. There seems to be a lot of cuttlefish activity at the moment with both males and females engaging in all sorts of games. If you look closely here you will notice translucent lumps […]

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A Different Kind of Weed

I love firsts! I especially love finding a critter for the first time under Edithburgh Jetty where I have dived hundreds of times over many years. Actually the credit goes to my dive buddy Raymond for finding this rarely seen Southern Crested Weedfish, Christiceps australis. From any other angle it looked like another piece of […]

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Wise Old Cuttlefish

As I have said before, one of the most amazing sea creatures to inhabit our coastal waters is the Australian giant cuttlefish, Sepia apama. Aside from being the world’s largest cuttlefish species, it is also one of the most curious and engaging and will interact for ages if you want to play. This one occupying […]

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