2020 Cuttlefish Migration Update:

 

2020 Cuttlefish Migration Update:

We won’t let the COVID-19 travel restrictions stop you from seeing the 2020 Cuttlefish migration- Whyalla Diving Services is bringing it to you! 

You’ll have the unique opportunity to virtually participate in the antics of these remarkable creatures from the comfort of your own home.

Our expert team, along with divers from the Whyalla community, will film the aggregation from the very beginning, so you won’t miss a thing. 

Follow the Whyalla Dive Shop Facebook page and watch this space for the footage of this year’s Giant Cuttlefish migration!

*Diving with the Giant Cuttlefish will of course be subject to South Australia's permissible activities in the upcoming weeks.

Giant Cuttlefish

Whyalla Diving Services can cater for all your diving and snorkelling needs, we specialize in supplying equipment to travellers so that they feel as though
they are wearing their own equipment.  The comfort and safety of all our customers is of priority. The Dive Shop has a large range of dive suits and accessories
to meet discerning requirements and will ensure a safe and comfortable Giant Cuttlefish experience.  All hire equipment is regularly serviced & tested in store. Whyalla Diving Services is certified by SAI Global.
 
,WDS will be happy to offer a seamless, flexible, and exclusive package for all your diving, snorkelling and affiliated needs for a successful Giant Cuttlefish tour.  The package will include input using all aspects of WDS local knowledge and experience, access to certified dive instructor with safety certifications and years of expertise to achieve best outcomes, and absolute priority for your specific requirements throughout your chosen tour. 

Air fills and Nitrox fills are available, and can be picked up out of hours to suit clients needs.

Whyalla is on the southern coast of Australia.

Every year, for a few months between May and August, Giant Cuttlefish arrive and congregate in a patch of shallow water just out of town. This is the only known gathering of large numbers of cuttlefish, and the results are a unique spectacle not replicated anywhere else.

It’s not known how far they migrate, or why they choose that particular area, but they have appeared reliably every year, in tens of thousands, along the same few miles of coast. 

They gather to reproduce-  those months are a continual melee of courting, fighting, mating, and the laying of eggs, all accompanied by an unending chorus of color changes.

 

 

How deep is the water?

The cuttlefish aggregate in 2-6 metres of water along a six kilometre stretch of the Point Lowly and Black Point. Perfect for snorkeling. This peninsula is 20 kms north of the city of Whyalla.

The aggregating sites are accessible from shore.

SARDI Giant Cuttlefish Standardized Annual Population Estimates

                2008      75,173

                2009      123,105

                2010      104,805

                2011       38,373

                2012       18,531

                2013       13,492

                2014       57,317

                2015        130,771

                2016       177,092

                2017       127,992

                2018       150,408

                2019       114,596

     

 

 

This video shows the early aggregation of Giant Cuttlefish, Sepia Apama

off the coast of Whyalla, South Australia in 2015

      Video Courtesy of  Pink Tank Scuba

Giant Cuttlefish

Close encounters of the third kind 

Whyalla offers the opportunity to interact with a creature unlike other animals.

Diving with the giant cuttlefish can feel very otherworldly.

The strange facts that make the cuttlefish so different are:

-   ​Cuttlefish have three hearts

-   Their blood is green in colour

-   Studies have proven they are capable of counting

-   Cuttlefish can perceive light polarization, can see 360 degrees & have no blind spots

-   They can instantly change colour and shape to match their surroundings

-   Their lifespan is only 1 - 2 years

 There are over 100 different species  of Cephalopods,  and Whyalla is home

 to 12 species:

     The southern dumpling squid

     Southern blue-ringed octopus

     Southern pygmy squid

     Southern keeled octopus

     Southern sand octopus

     Southern torpedo squid

     Common octopus

     Southern bobtail squid

     Koch's bobtail squid

     Southern calamari

     Pinstripe bottletail squid

     pajama squid

  The Giant Cuttlefish is the largest cuttlefish species - it can grow to over

  3 feet in length and weigh over 5kg

Special Thanks

Photo credit: Chris Fewster

Photo credit: P T Hirschfield

Photo credit: Paul MacDonald

Photo credit: Carlo Possagno

Photo credit: PT Hirschfield

Pink Tank Scuba  www.pinktankscuba.com

Point lowly:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/point_lowly

Lighthouse Cottages  www.marinersretreat.com.au  

Whyalla City Council:   http://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/page.aspx