The Amazing Cuttle Fish
Annual Giant Cuttle Fish Breeding in SA
Thousands of giant Australian cuttlefish have migrated into the upper Spencer Gulf for their annual breeding, and people are flocking to watch the spectacular display.
Each year during the cooler winter months the waters around Point Lowly in South Australia are filled with cuttlefish.
"The whole area around Port Bonython accommodates hundreds of thousands of giant Australian cuttlefish," South Australian Research and Development Institute's (SARDI) Dr Michael Steer said.
Rock Stars of the Ocean
Due to their short lifespan, expressive behaviour and active sex lives, giant Australian cuttlefish are often referred to as the rock stars of the ocean.
"Because their generations turn over so quickly, you get these booms and busts in the population," Dr Steer said.
They are known to "live fast and die young".
Diver Tony Bramley has as theory about when he can expect thousands of giant Australian cuttlefish to gather around Point Lowly for their colourful breeding season.
"There's no science to support this, I'm just always of the opinion that they seem to turn up when the water temperature gets below 17 degrees and it was just below that," he said.
A Colourful Spectacle
Mr Bramley said there were enough cuttlefish now to entertain those willing to brave the chilly water, and he said people were always impressed.
"After they get over the initial cold and the discomfort of getting in and out they all universally are amazed at the spectacle."
He said the accessibility of it means anyone can have a look.