Celebrating our precious Cuttlefish

WELCOME: Pictured above is Spencer, the newly named cuttlefish mascot, at the Point Lowly dive site with eager snorkellers and divers in the background.
WELCOME: Pictured above is Spencer, the newly named cuttlefish mascot, at the Point Lowly dive site with eager snorkellers and divers in the background.

Whyalla's Cuttlefest 2020 will proceed with a vibrant program, designed to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

"Local and regional community members, businesses and organisations have stepped up to offer an exciting program of actives over the three months of the 2020 Cuttlefish season," said Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin.

"COVID-19 has forced everyone to do things differently, and we've had to find activities and ways to celebrate Cuttlefest 2020 in not so traditional ways," she said.

Mayor McLaughin said the Cuttlefest was the perfect time to welcome visitors to Whyalla.

"With COVID-19 restrictions easing, we can now accommodate tourists to our region."

"There will be so much to see and do for all ages as Cuttlefest continues to grow and we continue to recognise the importance of these wonderful creatures and celebrate this time of the year when they come to our waters."

"This is a three-month celebration that not only helps up protect these amazing animals, it also showcases Whyalla as a progressive city to visit or work and live in," said Mayor McLaughlin.

Cuttlefest is a unique, world-class event.

Whyalla City Council's Tourism and Events Team has assisted with pulling the program together and coordinating multiple community activities and projects.

Stony Point Whyalla, is the only place in the world where the Giant Australian Cuttlefish migrate to, in their thousands to mate and reproduce, in the process creating an amazing spectacle of cunning games, underwater lightshows and colourful Kaleidoscopic displays.

This year a Cuttlefest mascot, 'Spencer' will be used to promote Cuttlefest activities.

Highlights of the Cuttlefest 2020 program include:

  • The Annual Cuttlefish Art Prize
  • Local snorkel & Dive opportunities
  • Virtual Underwater Tour
  • Ocean Themed - Lantern workshops & Light up the night ISO-Light Festival
  • Cuttlefish Art Trail
  • Cuttle-Rock Challenge
  • Salt- Marsh Window Display
  • Citizen Science self-guided projects & educational resources
  • Indigenous connection to the sea in and around Whyalla
  • Community Group Snorkels
  • Cuttlefish-Capers a free Interactive School holiday program at the Whyalla Maritime Museum

The full program can be downloaded at www.whyalla.com or call the Whyalla Visitor Centre for further details and information.

Cuttlefest runs from June-August.