Five major oceans connect our planet and make up 71 per cent of the earth’s surface.
South Australia borders on the Southern Ocean, which is home to the Great Southern Reef and gives Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef a run for its money.
Honour our blue planet this World Oceans Day, 8 June, by learning about the Southern Ocean’s marine creatures.
Here are seven marine animals you can spot in SA’s marine parks:
The oddly adorable ray is misunderstood by many. Fear has been instilled in people since the tragic death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin in 2006, but it’s actually rare to die from a ray injury.
Here’s everything you need to know about rays in SA.
2. Giant Australian cuttlefish
Every winter thousands of giant Australian cuttlefish congregate in SA, off the coast of Whyalla in the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park.
Swimming with them is an experience like no other.
Find out all you need to know to swim with giant cuttlefish in South Australia.
The annual migration of whales to SA waters occurs during the cooler months, which is when they mate, give birth and nurse their young.
SA whale migration starts in May and finishes in October.
Find out the top spots for whale watching.
Most species of shark aren’t considered dangerous and shark attacks are much rarer than you think.
So calm any fears by learning about this amazing cartilaginous fish, starting with the ones in SA’s backyard.
6. Leafy sea dragons
SA’s marine parks offer a chance to see these green and yellow-brown fragile creatures in the wild – truly a nature-based experience found nowhere else in the world.
7. Southern blue devil fish
It’s blue, has personalised markings, can live up to 60 years and is popular with underwater photographers.
Southern blue devils live around reefs and are common to SA’s waters, but can be found anywhere along Australia’s coast from southern Victoria through to Western Australia.
Find out where to dive to see blue devil fish in SA.