The waters at Point Lowly are alive with the Giant Australian Cuttlefish, and soon Whyalla will be too.
Cuttlefest 2021 is set to kick off later this month, bringing a heap of cuttlefish-themed activities to the steel city including guided dives, a virtual underwater tour, citizen science projects and much more.
The official beginning of Cuttlefest is set for Sunday, June 27 with a community day featuring Spencer, the town's cuttlefish mascot, food stalls, bouncing castles, and music from the Whyalla Community Brass Band.
The event will run from 10am-2pm at Rotary Park on the Whyalla Foreshore, but that's not all that will be happening over the coming months, other events include:
- Connect with the Past - learn more about the First Nations people and their connection to the land. People in the Landscape (Fitzgerald Bay June 25, July 9 and 12 starting at 1pm), Singing to Sharks (Stony Point Dive Site, June 11, July 2, 8, 15 and 23 starting at 1pm).
- Curious Cuttles - Science, Art and VR at the pub night (South Whyalla Football Club, July 10, 6pm-9pm)
- A Plastic Ocean film showing - documentary filmmaker investigates the impact of pollution on the environment (Middleback Theatre, July 7 and 14, condensed version 5:30pm-6:30pm, full version 7pm-9:15pm).
- Saltmarsh Discovery Tours - walk in the saltmarsh with local landscape officer Barbara Murphy (Cowleds Landing Sanctuary Zone, Eight-Mile Creek, July 9 and 12 at 11am)
Council Events Coordinator Alyce Wood said the Cuttlefest program was packed full of fun events with something for the whole family to enjoy.
"There are events all across Whyalla and right out to the dive site," she said.
"People have already been getting in the water to dive with the cuttlefish, people travel from all over Australia to come and see the Giant Australian Cuttlefish."
Ms Wood said the festival was also a great economic boost for Whyalla, with visitors making a full weekend out of their trip to the steel city.
"It's great for the economic development, there's a lot more people traveling to Whyalla from around the state and inter-state," she said.
Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin said Cuttlefest was the perfect time to welcome visitors to Whyalla.
"The Cuttlefest celebrations not only help us experience, enjoy and protect these amazing animals, it also showcases Whyalla as a progressive city to visit or work and live in," she said.
"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."
The full interactive Cuttlefest 2021 program can be downloaded at www.whyalla.com. Call the Whyalla Visitor Centre for further details and information, 8645 7900.