The world of Giant Cuttlefish off Stony Point has been broadcast into living rooms worldwide with the help of year 9 Whyalla High School students and a live camera feed called ‘CuttleCam’.
AusOcean employed Whyalla High School as part of its citizen science program, Network Blue.
The students constructed the rig, assembled its cameras and measuring instruments and have been charged with monitoring and analysing its data.
The camera feed shows the animals rising from the seaweed and interacting with each other as they regularly change their shape and texture to camouflage themselves with underwater objects.
While Cuttlefish are found right across the Southern Coast of Australia, the annual congregation in SA is widely regarded as the world's largest and most reliable.
Their numbers typically peak during mid-winter, hitting an estimated record of 247,146 in 2020, which was twice the population of 2019.
This followed the permanent band on fishing for all cephalopods when the State Government deemed the 2013 count "alarmingly low" with a population of just 13,492.
The ‘CuttleCam’ has given viewers an insight into the turquoise, slow-moving world of underwater marine life in the Spencer Gulf.
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