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Cuttlefish Population Boom

cuttlefish.jpgThe cuttlefish population is booming with the breeding season in full swing off the coast of Whyalla with numbers not seen in years.

Thousands of giant Australian Cuttlefish breed in the waters near Whyalla every year from May to August.

In 2013 the number of cuttlefish dropped to a record low of 13,492 but in 2017 they rose to a staggering 127,992.

This year numbers are expected to rise even further but still a long way off the record of 180,000 cuttlefish in 1999.

After the record low the State Government introduced aggressive protection measures as Cuttlefish only live for 12–18 months, so the health of a population is determined solely on the success of their annual spawning.