For the past two years, Santos has partnered with AusOcean, Whyalla Secondary College (formerly Whyalla High School) and Whyalla Council to research and monitor the annual breeding and migration of the Australian Giant Cuttlefish near the Port Bonython facility in South Australia.
Located at Point Lowly, 35 kilometres northeast of Whyalla, the migration is noted as one of the most spectacular natural events in the Australian marine environment. This wonder attracts up to 7000 tourists, international film crews, renowned underwater photographers, researchers and journalists.
AusOcean & Whyalla Secondary College:
A key component of Whyalla Secondary College’s STEM program is ‘Network Blue’ by AusOcean. This program supports the construction of a rig: a low-cost sea surface platform for supporting ocean science in coastal waters.
The construction, deployment and examination of the rig is undertaken by year 9 students at Whyalla Secondary College. To date, approximately 30 students have taken part in the STEM course.
In addition, Santos and AusOcean have incorporated QR codes at the site for visitors to watch the cuttlefish migration in real-time. AusOcean have recorded over 24,000 live stream views from over 23 countries as a result of the deployment of live underwater cameras.
Find a short video of Santos’ AusOcean partnership here.
In collaboration with Whyalla Council, Santos has supported the supply and installation of water tanks and an outdoor shower adjacent to the dive site. This initiative will allow over 739 registered snorkellers to access the site annually.