Alien Encounter

If scuba diving is a privileged opportunity to experience critters hidden from our world then scuba diving at night takes it into a different, almost alien, world altogether. Strange creatures come out from their secret nooks to search and hunt for prey. Sea lice and phytoplankton swarm dive lights like insects to headlights. Strange creaks, […]

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Electric Squid

Our Rapid Bay night dive was meant to be about little critters, especially nudibranchs smaller than half my little finder but when this Southern Calamari (Sepioteuthis australis) came into my view I was suitably distracted. In fact I was so distracted in the strong current that I had drifted 70m or more from the jetty […]

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Pyjama Love

This is the kind of image I could show my mother and she’d be none the wiser as to what she was looking at. If she really knew what was going on here she’d probably blush and respond with a ‘that’s nice dear’. These Lined Dumpling Squid ,also know as Pyjama Squid (Sepioloidea lineolata), are […]

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Squiddy

Southern Calamari, squid or Sepioteuthis australis (if you want to get technical) are wonderful to watch at night when they are out hunting. This juvenile under Edithburgh Jetty shows the incredible colouration created by the chromatophores in their skin. They also remind me of the sentinels in ‘The Matrix’, affectionately know as the squiddies! Photo: […]

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