2020 Cuttlefish Migration Update:

 

2020 Cuttlefish Migration Update:

For the latest information & updates about the season please visit our Facebook page

 

https://www.facebook.com/WhyallaDivingServices/

         Call the dive shop on            0487 256 337

between 9 am & 6 pm

7 days a week to

book an appointment

for both equipment hire &

for tour bookings

*please note: equipment hire as well as tours are only available if booked in advance by phone.

You will receive a pick up time for equipment hire or a start time for your tour.

Giant Cuttlefish

FAQs

 

When does the cuttlefish aggregation occur?

The cuttlefish aggregation begins in May and continues until late August,

although it is not unusual for the season to continue well into September.

When is the best time to come to see the cuttlefish?

The season usually starts in May.

May June and July are when the animals are found in their highest numbers,

when they are at their most active. 

Can I hire equipment to see the cuttlefish from Whyalla Diving Services?

Whyalla Diving Services has a full range of snorkel and scuba equipment for hire.

We can fit all sizes and ages. The equipment is best quality and condition,

and adequate for the very cold waters in the winter months.

What equipment will I need?

A recommended snorkeling kit will include mask & snorkel, boots & fins,

body liner and minimum 5mm semi-dry or two-piece wetsuit, gloves, hood and weight belt.

We can also provide 7ml suits for those that feel the cold,

along with bodyliners, neoprene sox and vests. 

For scuba divers, a buoyancy vest (ADV), tank, regulator with octopus & computer are provided.

How much does the equipment cost to hire?

The complete recommended snorkeling kit will cost $75.00 for two full days.

This cost will be reduced pro-rata for any equipment that is supplied by the customer.

The scuba equipment will cost $120.00 for the two days.

Pro-rata reduction for any of the items you supply yourself.

Do you provide tours to see the cuttlefish?

Whyalla Diving Services can provided guides, boat dives and resort dives

to suit individual and group requirements.

Ask us about tailored packages to suit all size groups, and all experience ranges.

Can I dive to see the cuttlefish without a scuba licence?

Yes, you can dive with a qualified instructor, (Resort Dive) one-to-one,

to a maximum depth of 10m. This option is very popular with non-divers.

 

GUIDED TOURS

Guided snorkeling tour $125 pp incl. equipment 

Guided scuba dive for certified divers $170 pp incl. equipment. 

Resort Dive - discover scuba diving to see the cuttlefish at eye level.

Try scuba diving includes a theory and skill session. 

Maximum of 2 Scuba Divers per instructor $330 pp incl. equipment.
Guide for small group (snorkeling or certified diving, excl. equipment)  $150 for 4 hours
Guided tours subject to weather and availability.

How deep is the water?

The cuttlefish aggregate in 2-6 m of water along a 6 km stretch of the Point Lowly Peninsula.

This peninsula is 20 kms north of the city of Whyalla.

The aggregating sites are commonly accessible from shore.

Are there other costs to see the cuttlefish?

The Cuttlefish spawning sites are accessible to everyone and are free to visit. At Black Point there is a wooden staircase which leads down to the rocky shoreline. At the Santos western boundary fence there is a 60 metre pathway made of recycled materials which leads down over the rocks to the high water mark (access to the Santos side of the fence line is prohibited). Please note there are no toilet and shower facilities at these locations but these are available closer to the lighthouse. Access to the cuttlefish aggregation is free

and we provide a free map at the dive shop to the best sites at no charge.

What accommodation is available in Whyalla?

Whyalla has two caravan parks with cabin, van and tent sites.

The Foreshore caravan park also offers facilities especially for divers to wash & dry their equipment.

The Palm Apartments has well-priced walled apartment accommodation,

and also offers divers washdown and drying facilities.

As well, there are hotels, motels, back-packer, B&Bs, shacks, 

and the ideally located and very economical Point Lowly lighthouse cottages.

(For groups of a dozen or more in each cottage.)

What are the hours of business for Whyalla Diving Services?

During the cuttlefish season Whyalla Diving Services will endeavor to meet the needs of the clientele.

This includes late evening trading especially on Friday evenings, and open all day on weekends

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 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 instructors with safety certifications and years of expertise to achieve best outcomes.


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 & only one breeding cycle.

There are over 100 different species  of Cephalopods. 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.  They can grow to over 3 feet in length & weighing up to 10kg.

Special Thanks

Photo credit: Chris Fewster

Photo credit: P T Hirschfield

Photo credit: Paul MacDonald

Photo credit: Carlo Possagno

Photo credit: PT Hirschfield

Photo credit: Jeff Bowey

Photo credit: Scott Portelli & Rosie Leaney.

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