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Why we rarely wear bow ties snklng (NB; not a pipie just detritus,and bow tie=Amphibolis)
Why we rarely wear bow ties snklng (NB; not a pipie just detritus,and bow tie=Amphibolis)

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David Muirhead Carrickalinga south beach half in half out looking south later in afternoon Dave
David Muirhead Another rather similar and perhaps for some viewers boringly bland image taken in knee deep water using a 10mm lens in optical glass dome port housing.Easy to do but not so easy to find a lovely location like this Carrickalinga beach,which is a cinch here in SA but would be overcrowded to point of ruin if it was located in most other parts of the world.
Shark patrol fixed wing aircraft heads nth past Normanville jetty 16-12-2013
Shark patrol fixed wing aircraft heads nth past Normanville jetty 16-12-2013
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David Muirhead Uninspiring image,but for the record the Normanville north dunes are only about 50 meters from the photographer however they are largely obscured in this image by a mix of self set local provenance river red gum trees and some planted trees and shrubs.The dunes here are about 100 meters wide after which you reach the beach just north of the jetty and the aircraft in the picture is only a small single engine Cessna or similar so it too is hard to discern against the blue skies
Our shack seen from across Ronald St 16-12-2013
Our shack seen from across Ronald St 16-12-2013
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Normanville Beach about 200m north of jetty 16-12-2013
Normanville Beach about 200m north of jetty 16-12-2013
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David Muirhead Yankalilla Bay has normanville as its centre point and when the water is clear as in the image,you can easily see the patches of mostly limestone rocky reefs which are scattered throughout the bay by kneeling on the bow of a small to medium sized trailer boat and peering into the depths.And most of the bay is quite shallow,for example even several kilometers out from the Normanville jetty depths are in the 10 to 15 meters range.Overall sea grass beds dominate but the patches of medium relief reef make excellent dive sites.
David Muirhead hmm...rediscovering the local ocean...wish was like this now...dsm
David Muirhead So I am still struggling with it 😈
‘Hotspot’ seen from dunes just nth of jetty Normanville16-12-2013
‘Hotspot’ seen from dunes just nth of jetty Normanville16-12-2013
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David Muirhead By Hotspot I mean that quite small area of inshore sub tidal sandy and grassy bottom immediately to the north of and just out from the tiny jetty remnant.This is the best area I have ever encountered (and I have never heard of any equivalent site globally either but of course I could be wrong) for both species diversity and endemism among the Syngnathidae.And all the 18 or so species known to occur here are found in depths of not more than 5 meters but generally between 2 and 4 meters,and within an easy swim from the nice white sand beach and with car parking next to jetty and even fresh water shower (recycled water not potable)for rinsing gear after dive.
A view of Ronald St Normanville 16-12-13
A view of Ronald St Normanville 16-12-13
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Seahorse (Hippocampus breviceps) 24-02-2010 @hotspot Normanville SA
Seahorse (Hippocampus breviceps) 24-02-2010 @hotspot Normanville SA

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David Muirhead This is south Australia's commonest seahorse species and is quite variable in appearance.Often seen by divers under jetties and also a well known hitchhiking Syngnathid,e.g. on drift seaweed at or near the surface.
Pipefish pair (prob. breeding couple) hotspot Normanville SA
Pipefish pair (prob. breeding couple) hotspot Normanville SA
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I think this is a male Common Brown (shack shot 11-2013)
I think this is a male Common Brown (shack shot 11-2013)
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These anemones are common @hotspot Normanville Beach SA (29-01-2009
These anemones are common @hotspot Normanville Beach SA (29-01-2009
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Walkway,dunes,jetty,waves but no beach; Bungala 23-10-2013
Walkway,dunes,jetty,waves but no beach; Bungala 23-10-2013
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Normy’s Sth Dunes start here; no match for Rapid Head (23-10-2013)
Normy’s Sth Dunes start here; no match for Rapid Head (23-10-2013)
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Pipefish Briggs Crested @hotspot Normanville SA
Pipefish Briggs Crested @hotspot Normanville SA
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Tiger Pipefish not excluded,even likely dsm thinks; old l-r slide scan,’hotspot’ Normanville Bch SA
Tiger Pipefish not excluded,even likely dsm thinks; old l-r slide scan,’hotspot’ Normanville Bch SA

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Bungala outflow@Normanville Beach just south of jetty,14-04-2011
Bungala [email protected] Beach just south of jetty,14-04-2011
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Low tide Southern Limit of Normanville Beach SA 14-01-2011
Low tide Southern Limit of Normanville Beach SA 14-01-2011
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Yet another pipefish unidentified @ hotspot, Normanville SA
Yet another pipefish unidentified @ hotspot, Normanville SA
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Hotspot’ pipefish,another older lo-res slide scan ,ID unsure; Normanville SA
Hotspot’ pipefish,another older lo-res slide scan ,ID unsure; Normanville SA
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Pipefish of uncertain ID @ ‘hotspot’ Normanville SA
Pipefish of uncertain ID @ ‘hotspot’ Normanville SA
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David Muirhead These older slide images of pipefish at normanville hotspot are mostly poor quality with low resolution and even discounting that aspect their sharpness is lacking due slow shutter speed and related old technology camera factors,is all I want to say right now....Dave excuse expert personified (l blame graham of course)...logic has left the planet many moons ago...
Pipefish(perhaps Pugnose)@hotspot Normanville Beach SA
Pipefish(perhaps Pugnose)@hotspot Normanville Beach SA
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Rhino Pipefish @ ‘hotspot’ Normanville SA
Rhino Pipefish @ ‘hotspot’ Normanville SA

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Two Pipefish @hotspot Normanville SA
Two Pipefish @hotspot Normanville SA
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Stunning GS @shack w uw camera gear13-01-2011
Stunning GS @shack w uw camera gear13-01-2011
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David Muirhead More like Stunned I'd suggest...for Graham has just had a dive at Normanville's Syngnathid Hotspot!
David Muirhead Hmmm...aka my stunning humming....
David Muirhead Stunned by hotspot
Tilt your outboard when parked here Normanville’s South Beach
Tilt your outboard when parked here Normanville’s South Beach
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‘Under pot’s protection no more’ redback spider Latrodectus hasseltii
‘Under pot’s protection no more’ redback spider Latrodectus hasseltii
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Redback under flowerpot@ shack 2011 Latrodectus hasseltii
Redback under flowerpot@ shack 2011 Latrodectus hasseltii
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Anchored in standing depth for snkl Normanville south beach
Anchored in standing depth for snkl Normanville south beach
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Anchored at hotspot Normanville’s Syngnathid paradise
Anchored at hotspot Normanville’s Syngnathid paradise
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My dive @ hotspot was going OK till GS swam by
My dive @ hotspot was going OK till GS swam by
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Catfish, Estuary, juvenile, hotspot Normanville SA
Catfish, Estuary, juvenile, hotspot Normanville SA
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David Muirhead Even as tiny juveniles this species,member of the notorious Plotosidae family,will often display active aggressive behavior towards snorkelers and divers by swimming rapidly up from the sandy bottom directly towards the person who is huge in comparison! Fortunately the small juveniles venomous dorsal and pectoral fin spines are too small to penetrate the epidermis but that doesn't stop these babies from practicing their trademark ploy,"attack is the best form of defense".

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