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Experience the Giant Australian Cuttlefish with Whyalla Diving Services

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Published May 22nd 2012
The Eyre Peninsula of South Australia comprises of spectacular cliffs, white sandy beaches and an unexpected annual migration of underwater aliens.

Between May and August every year, over a quarter of a million Giant Australian Cuttlefish migrate to the rocky coastline between False Bay and Fitzgerald Bay, near the seaside town of Whyalla.

Possessing eight arms, three hearts and green blood, the cuttlefish have remarkable skin and a uniquely high standard of intelligence. The Giant Australian Cuttlefish, cousin of the octopus, is the largest species of its kind and they can grow up to 1 metre in length.

The competition between males for a female is fierce. The females are outnumbered 11 to 1 and the males have invented bizarre breeding tactics and body pulsing colour displays. The larger males battle, stripping away their enemy's flesh with their giant tentacles. The smaller males are much more cheeky, morphing themselves into females and planning sneaky mating attacks.

Tony Bramley, owner of Whyalla Diving Services, has been tracking the Giant Australian Cuttlefish for over 25 years and he says that this season will be nothing short of spectacular.

"This is the largest spawning aggregation of these creatures anywhere in the world," he said. "This season, the cuttlefish have already arrived and there are good numbers here at Black Point."

The region features in several natural history documentaries, one of which, Green Blooded Giants, stars Tony himself.

Aggressive mating tactic

The water is very clear and it's quite shallow so it's an easy snorkel or scuba dive for anyone who wants to film or simply get involved."

All snorkel and scuba diving equipment is available for hire at Whyalla Diving Services. Or, if you have your own, the experience is free as swimming from the shore is the best way to witness this spectacular event.
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Why? To witness the Giant Australian Cuttlefish annual spawning fest
When: May to August, 2012
Phone: (08) 8645 8050
Where: Point Lowly, South Australia, 5600
Cost: Scuba Diving Equipment hire - $105 (2 days), Snorkel Equipment hire - $65 (2 days), Boat trip - $50pp for a double dive
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