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Ngu Wheke

Ngu Wheke
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-01 23:37
Viewed: 5155
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Broad Squid
Southern Reef Squid
Southern Calamari Squid

Sepioteuthis australis

Maori Name: Ngu Wheke (Noo Feckee)

Sepioteuthis australis
is a temperate water species that can be found around the southern coastline of Australia and in the northern waters of New Zealand.

This is a very popular species with fishers and belongs to the squid family Loliginidae. It can be found around inshore coastal waters and frequently forms small schools of up to a dozen individuals living over seagrass meadows and reefs.

Ngu Wheke are generally seen by divers at night time as this is when they are more active and are attracted to divers diving lights.

They feed on fish and crustacean species and are a fast voracious feeder.

When disturbed the Squid will squirt out jet-black ink in defence to confuse its predator.

It lays its eggs on the seafloor or attached to sponges in fleshy white strings of 2-6 eggs per string.

The Broad Squid, Southern Reef Squid, Southern Calamari Squid can grow quite large and can have a mantle length of up to 50cm.

This Squid was at our local aquarium - Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter, in Auckland.

And it was taken through glass.

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To Wolfpower: 600 !!Janice 1 10-03 02:34
To ubc64: My 600th!!Janice 1 10-03 01:41
To gracious: Cascade FallsJanice 1 10-02 19:13
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Never seen one of these before. What a great shot.So this is what so many people call delicacy.
If you took this behind glass I think your camera did an excellent job.
Underwater, and even better.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-02 1:29]

Hello Janice,
Very nice capture in good light taken through glass. I like your composition and details are very sharp. Beautiful colours too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Janice,
Wow, what a great shot of an unusual creature! I have seen that it has many views but don't have in my opinion, the attention it deserves. The picture is well composed, exposed and detailed. This is such a strange creature to me. This is really a good shot with interesting notes. TFS,

Hi Janice

That's different... can't recall seeing a calamari on TN before. Great capture, they're impressive little chaps. Great composition and sharpness. A great post.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-02 4:58]

Hello Janice,
Fantastic underwater picture. The clarity, details, compo and POV are very good here.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-02 5:05]

You get two points just for the name of this creature :o) Fascinating shot with very good exposure, which is so hard to do in this kind of environment. Awesine carity through that thick glass too...very well done.

Hello Janice

Congratulations on number 600.
A beautiful capture of this squid.
The clarity is very good.
Excellent eye contact.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-10-02 9:23]

Hi Janice,
Never seen this before, great composition. Very special.

Kia Ora Janice,
Excellent shot through the aquarium glass!
perfect exposure and focus with great details on the Ngu Wheke! very sharp especially on the part on the eye! many thanks
Janice, I was out in Cascade park yesterday to locate the falls but failed even with the hard climb through those big rocks from the trail! I had asked someone around, they seems not to know the full view of the Cascade falls, do you know where to get the full view of it?
take care and sincere regards to you and Dave!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-02 11:38]

Hi Janice,

What an amazing shot of this Squid! I've never seen such a great job through glass. Excellent clarity, colors and details. The eye is magnificent. Beautiful colors against a perfect background - outstanding editing to get the water to look like that.


A perfect capture without any reflections Janice, considering it was taken through the glass of an aquarium and with flash illumination. The details of the squid very good, the huge eyes betraying its nocturnal habit. A good study indeed!

Hi Janice
congratulations on your 600th post. great number. I wish you many hundred posts here. As for this shot, it is very nice. Great pose for squid from great POV. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing and informative notes.
best wishes

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-10-02 20:39]
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Hi Janice,

Congratulations on your 600th posting! It's quite a challenge to get a good shot through glass in an aquarium. You need to have enough light, but you have to eliminate reflections. You did an excellent job. The squid looks like it is just hanging there, looking you over. Very fine shot! TFS.


Hello Janice,

A beautiful shot of this Southern Calamari Squid. I visit also in 2005 Kelly Tarlton's. A very special place to be there. Just what Tony said: An excellent shot through the aquarium glass. I try to make pictures trough the glass and I sure you, not so beautiful as yours. You did a great job. The light over the back of the squid is amazing. The dark BG makes this photo a beautiful compo.

Cheers and TFS BOB

First I thought it was a fighter plane from the Indian Air Force, Janice :)!
I am further amazed to know from your note that you shot it inside an aquarium.
Wow, it's a scream!
Under-water photography is an unknown area for me, so I am thrilled to see this wonderful capture.
The silver/grey colour of the Squid looks fabulous.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Janice.
Quite an amzing shot,especially since it was taken through glass. These things can move really fast when disturbed,so this one must have been pretty comfortable where it was.
We used to shoot them with home made spearguns on Niue.We never ate them,but they made great bait.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-03 21:45]

Hello Janice, WoW and never seen this before. Great shot. TFS Ganesh

Hi Janice
Wow...600 images, Congratulations!
Your Squid is a very unique looking, and a nice capture through the glass. He looks prehistoric with his large eyes and translucent body. An amazing little species. Well done.
TFS Janice

You captured it very well Janice. The DOF and detail of this squid is fantastic.

Hi Janice, amazing little squid, caught my eye when viewing your gallery. well done.

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