Whyalla's annual festival of the cuttlefish continues to get more and more popular. This is seen in the program which has a host of new initiatives to help you experience, enjoy and protect these amazing creatures.
The Giant Australian Cuttlefish is the Sepia Apama, which is part of the cephalopod family. They converge into rocky areas off the Whyalla coast during June, July and August to mate. Here they lay their eggs.
This is the only known location where this happens in the whole world, making it an incredibly unique experience in the shallow waters off the Whyalla coast. The City of Whyalla has been working with Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries (EMS), Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP), Department for Environment and Water (DEW) Marine Parks, and the South Australia Tourism Commission (SATC). They are also working with some local dive operators and the community to present CuttleFest between June and August.
GUIDED COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL SNORKELS This is a popular supervised event that will allow your whole family the unique experience of seeing the natural colour show of the Australian giant cuttlefish. You will also see this special breeding part of their life-cycle while you are swimming just a few metres away from them.
There will be hot food and drinks available for sale on site (bring your keep cup), plus a new shelter, seating and toilet facilities funded by the State Government, EPNRM Board, Whyalla City Council and Port Bonython Fuels.
The equipment including wetsuits, fins, snorkel and mask are all included, as is the experienced snorkelling guide. These snorkels are Hosted by Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries (EMS) and supported by the City of Whyalla, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, Department of Environment and Water Marine Parks and the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC).
The Community Guided Snorkels will be on 29th to 30th June and 7th to 9th July. VIP Snorkel Tours will be conducted from 24th to 27th June. This will be on at Stony Point.
If you want more information or to make a booking, click on this link.
SNORKEL OR DIVE ANY TIME
You can put on a diving suit and off you go! Join a small group or go out with a friend at any time throughout the season. This will happen only 30 minutes from Whyalla. There is easy access into the water and you can see these intriguing cuttlefish just about 4 metres from the shoreline.
This will be on during June, July and August at Stony Point and Pt Lowly.
You will need to bring your own gear or hire and book through Whyalla Dive Shop (08) 8645 8050, 33 Playford Avenue. Maps and information can be obtained at the Whyalla Visitor Centre, 8645 7900.
VIRTUAL REALITY 3D GOGGLE EXPERIENCE
You can get fully immersed in this next program! You will put on some virtual reality goggles at the Whyalla Visitor Centre and you will experience what it is like to swim with Whyalla's giant Australian cuttlefish. You won't even have to get your feet wet!
This will be on during June, July and August at the Whyalla Visitor Centre, Lincoln Highway from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm every day. Contact phone number is 8645 7900.
There is even more to do for this fest, so check out the rest at this link.