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Trevally @ Smooth Pool, West Coast SA
Trevally @ Smooth Pool, West Coast SA
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David Muirhead Smooth Pool is a popular (but remote for Adelaidians if travelling by car) shallow but quite large natural 'pond' on rocky shoreline on SA's west coast,between Elliston and Streaky Bay.Popular for fishers and snorkelers,rather less so for divers but worth a look on SCUBA if one can be bothered lugging one's kit or rockhopping carefully while kitted up,the 50-100 metres or so from nearest AWD vehicle parking spot to get to the pool's nthn edge.The pool is almost cut off from the sea at low tide and especially in calmer weather,but can be 'undiveable' when storms and tides dictate.However,given the paucity of more fully protected snkl/dive sites that cld be called 'all weather or nearly so' spots on this very extensive stretch of high energy coastline,it's a great fall-back option on many days when deeper and in context even better sites are blown out which can occur for days at a time.
David Muirhead Smooth Pool contains both seagrass meadows,brown algal canopy-type shallow granitic rocky reef benthos,and some small patches of bare sand and rubble incl. pebbled bottom,and on a good day horizontal viz can be excellent,making the scale fish schools eg trevally,Australian Herring,and several mullet spp.,easy to view and at low tide one feels secure from the small but real risk of large sharks sharing your swim:any free swimming sharks eg whalers and whites would only be able to enter Smooth Pool on the tides and thus risk being cut off from the open ocean at low tide.
David Muirhead Caveat:My above description is based on only a couple of snkls and dives in this Pool,so apols to the local community members who know the site far better,if I've got my facts a bit wonky!
The Island That Time Forgot; Pearson, Inv. Gp.,SA
The Island That Time Forgot; Pearson, Inv. Gp.,SA
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David Muirhead Spectacular diving and a prehistoric feel pervades one's gut just looking at the steep slopes covered with bizarre caves; you don't need much imagination to immediately wonder why there are no dinosaurs,such as pterodactyls,hidden in the caves and woods that follow the ephemeral creeks to the shoreline.
David Muirhead It also has a small breeding colony of Australian sea lions and it's own subspecies of black footed rock wallaby.
David Muirhead BTW the waters of the continental shelf in this section of southern Australia (Southern Ocean which paradoxically also has the highest water energy of all the planet's major oceans,is the clearest of all.
Sealion pup playful in surf @Pearson Island SA
Sealion pup playful in surf @Pearson Island SA
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Worms (Myxicola sp., probably feral)
Port Lincoln public jetty SA
Worms (Myxicola sp., probably feral) Port Lincoln public jetty SA
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Rhino Pipefish @ Lipson Cove SG SA
Rhino Pipefish @ Lipson Cove SG SA
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Whyalla Cuttle seeks refuge in less than pristine rocky reef July 2011 dsm i1001
Whyalla Cuttle seeks refuge in less than pristine rocky reef July 2011 dsm i1001
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Sponge @ Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009 dsm i47780
Sponge @ Baird Bay SA 22-02-2009 dsm i47780
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Holothurian (pid=P.anceps) Port Lincoln public jetty SA (cropped scan,old img)
Holothurian (pid=P.anceps) Port Lincoln public jetty SA (cropped scan,old img)
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Eel (Shortheaded Worm Eel) in rock platform pool@night, Mystery Cove,v SA’s west cst (old scan)
Eel (Shortheaded Worm Eel) in rock platform [email protected], Mystery Cove,v SA’s west cst (old scan)

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Algal macro w Epizoanthus sp.(prob. sabulosus ) behind; Inv. Gp, SA 05-2006
Algal macro w Epizoanthus sp.(prob. sabulosus ) behind; Inv. Gp, SA 05-2006
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Crustacea can and do (old scan) Port Lincoln town jetty SA
Crustacea can and do (old scan) Port Lincoln town jetty SA
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Sealion pup plays w my floatline Pearson Is.,SA (old l-r scan)
Sealion pup plays w my floatline Pearson Is.,SA (old l-r scan)
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Wrasse Blackspotted juv.in host cleaner role (2006 Topgallant Is., Inv Gp SA)
Wrasse Blackspotted juv.in host cleaner role (2006 Topgallant Is., Inv Gp SA)
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Temperate benthos rules @ Topgallant Island, Inv. Gp, SA (taken in 2006)
Temperate benthos rules @ Topgallant Island, Inv. Gp, SA (taken in 2006)
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Swim w tuna (ecotourism) @ Port Lincoln March 2012
Swim w tuna (ecotourism) @ Port Lincoln March 2012
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swim with tuna @ PL 3-2012
swim with tuna @ PL 3-2012
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swim w tuna @ PL 3-2012
swim w tuna @ PL 3-2012
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swim w tuna @ PL 3-2012
swim w tuna @ PL 3-2012
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‘Sponge-bearing’ Crab on red sponge Venus Bay jetty SA (slide scan) circa1990
‘Sponge-bearing’ Crab on red sponge Venus Bay jetty SA (slide scan) circa1990
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Holothurian (pid=P.anceps) Port Lincoln public jetty SA (cropped scan,old img)
Holothurian (pid=P.anceps) Port Lincoln public jetty SA (cropped scan,old img)
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Ascidian colony 22m depth Wirrina Reef old slide circa 1986
Ascidian colony 22m depth Wirrina Reef old slide circa 1986
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Sealion unhappy with my camera gear in beach surfline Pearson Island SA old scan
Sealion unhappy with my camera gear in beach surfline Pearson Island SA old scan
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‘Sponge-bearing’ Crab on red sponge Venus Bay jetty SA (slide scan) circa1990 dsm i127488
‘Sponge-bearing’ Crab on red sponge Venus Bay jetty SA (slide scan) circa1990 dsm i127488
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None are pipies but how wld u know…
CB Nl Pk Eyre Peninsula
Oct 2012
None are pipies but how wld u know… CB Nl Pk Eyre Peninsula Oct 2012
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Navy blue simple ascidian 
Pearson Island, Inv. Gp SA
Navy blue simple ascidian Pearson Island, Inv. Gp SA
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Sthn Pygmy Squid (old l-r scan) 
@Tumby Bay jetty EP(Eyre Peninsula) SA(Idiosepius notoides is reputedly world’s smallest known cephalopod)
Sthn Pygmy Squid (old l-r scan) @Tumby Bay jetty EP(Eyre Peninsula) SA(Idiosepius notoides is reputedly world’s smallest known cephalopod)
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Swim w the pipefish’ Boston Bay SA
(taken by David Muirhead in smallerfish pond via ‘Swim w the Tuna’)
Swim w the pipefish’ Boston Bay SA (taken by David Muirhead in smallerfish pond via ‘Swim w the Tuna’)

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Seagrass (Posidonia sp.) flowers 
Shelley Bch v Port Lincoln SA
Seagrass (Posidonia sp.) flowers Shelley Bch v Port Lincoln SA
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Brown algae 
Shelley Bch v PL,EP SA
Brown algae Shelley Bch v PL,EP SA
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Sponge
@ Shelley Bch v PL EP SA
Sponge @ Shelley Bch v PL EP SA
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