Frequently Asked Questions

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.

GIANT CUTTLEFISH

When and where is the Giant Cuttlefish congregation

Whyalla is an industrial town 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.

Giant Cuttlefish Standardized annual population estimates (SARDI)

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

This video shows the early aggregation of giant cuttlefish (sepia apama) of Whyalla, South Australia in 2015

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GIANT CUTTLEFISH

When and where is the Giant Cuttlefish congregation

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 COLOR

STUDIES HAVE PROVEN THEY ARE CAPABLE OF COUNTING

CUTTLEFISH CAN PERCEIVE LIGHT POLARIZATION AND CAN SEE 360 DEGREES AND HAVE NO BLIND SPOTS

THEY CAN INSTANTLY CHANGE COLOR AND SHAPE TO MATCH THEIR SURROUNDINGS

THEIR LIFESPAN IS ONLY 1 TO 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 BOTTLETAIL SQUID

KOCH'S BOTTLETAIL SQUID

SOUTHERN CALAMARI

PINSTRIPE BOTTLETAIL SQUID - PAJYMA SQUID

THE GIANT CUTTLEFISH IS THE LARGEST CUTTLEFISH SPECIES AND CAN GROW TO OVER 3 FEET IN LENGTH AND WEIGH OVER 5KG

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHO SUPPLIED WONDERFUL PHOTOS, FOOTAGE AND INFORMATION

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS FEWSTER

PHOTO CREDITPT HIRSCHFIELD

PHOTO CREDIT: PAUL MACDONALD

PHOTO CREDIT: CARLO POSSAGNO

PT HIRSCHFIELD:  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