DON'T SCUTTLE THE CUTTLE!
In June this year I spent some time with the Cuttlefish of the upper Spencer Gulf, near Whyalla in South Australia for Travelling in Australia magazine and the South Australian Tourist Commission. These amazing creatures aggregate here in mid-Winter to mate and lay their eggs amongst the shallow reefs of an isolated stretch of rocky coast.
BHP have proposed building a desalnation plant to aid in the expansion of their Olympic Dam Uranium Mine in an area near to the Cuttlefish aggregation site. Concerns have been raised by visiting scientists from both Australia and abroad, that the hypersaline outfall from the proposed plant will impact on this unique yearly event, the only known Giant Cuttlefish breeding aggregation in the World.
If you would like more information about the proposed plant, the issue was recently featured on the ABC's Catalyst program, and the story can be viewed here.
So cuttlefish are in the news at the moment... one of the images I captured on that shoot features on the cover of the October 2009 Issue of Australian Geographic magazine.
REEF CULTURE 4 HITS THE STREET
If you're into things marine, you might want to check out Reef Culture magazine. Issue 4 has just been released and contains some great articles on topics ranging from ocean conservation to diving with sharks in PNG; marine wildlife rescue to keeping predators in marine aquariums. I have a few images featuring in this issue, including the cover; a bommie off Lady Elliot Island featured as a double-page spread; and a number of fish ID pics in the predator article.
Last Saturday I had a couple of dives on the ex-HMAS Brisbane. The ship was sunk to create an artificial reef and dive site off Mooloolaba, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. She lies in 27 metres of water and in the two years since she came to rest upright on the sand, many species have taken up residence.
My buddy for the dive was Chantal Dunbar, Managing Editor of Travelling in Australia magazine, which is featuring the Brisbane as one of ten great Australian dives in their next issue. The folks from SCUBAWORLD looked after us for the day.
DARREN'S MINKE WHALE STORY FEATURES IN AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC.
The April-June 2006 issue of Australian Geographic Magazine features Darren's article on the minke whales that visit the Ribbon Reefs, off Cooktown in Far North Queensland. Darren was part of an AG Society Expedition last year on the vessel Undersea Explorer out of Port Douglas.