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    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
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    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
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    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    My Recent Dives - March & April 2018

    3 March 2018 - The Split

    Wind turned NW while here. Very calm. Went to big cave via the N swim-thru, then to Double Decker Cave. Kelly found a small blue devilfish. Lots of seapike in main cave, some big eyes in caves and swim-thrus, yellowtail outside. Viz varied a lot, water warm at 21.8C. A nice dive. Visibility good.


    Next dives at North Solitary Island, NSW.


    12 March 2018 - The Circuit

    No wind but a bit sloppy as seas from all directions. Camera flooded about 5 minutes into the dive! Totally gone within a few minutes. Went from mooring outside gap between parts to N to The Canyons. Saw a leopard shark there and a turtle on the way back. Spent the rest of the dive cleaning the interpretative blocks. Very nice dive. Visibility excellent.


    12 March 2018 - Anemone Bay

    Wind from S but still bit sloppy here. Went from inside mooring around the reef "edge" to the outside mooring and then further E. Lots and lots of fish all over the place here. Bream, drummer and many other species. Headed back across shallower reef, saw a shark or perhaps banjo shark. Back to main part and then up. Very good dive. Visibility very good.


    13 March 2018 - Anemone Bay

    Calmer than yesterday, moored on outer mooring. Went SE and E, huge numbers of silver sweep, trevally, surgeonfish and bream in the area around the mooring. Saw the large black cod we saw yesterday. Then N out along ridge, saw a turtle that only used left flipper to swim. Back around end to mooring. Saw two more cod (one black and one white) under mooring. Then another turtle. Also a wobbegong. Spent rest of dive near mooring. Lots of Moorish idols, blue tangs, butterflyfish, bannerfish and wrasse as well. Very good dive. Visibility very good.


    13 March 2018 - Elbow Cave

    Went thru Elbow Cave, two crays here. Then over the W side of gully, two more crays and two large wobbegongs under the overhangs. Then S and SE to island. Saw three eagle rays along the way. Into the sinkholes, nothing of real interest in either. Back to NW around the W side of the shallower reef to N and then back to mooring. Saw another couple of large turtles. Spent rest of dive near mooring. Lots of Moorish idols, butterflyfish, wrasse and plenty of small trevally. Good dive. Visibility excellent.


    14 March 2018 - The Canyons

    Were supposed to go to Pimpernel Rock, but wind was up mush higher than forecast and seas much bigger, so went to North Solitary. Hairy coming out bar, had to wait five minutes to get out. Couple of waves broke but okay. Went N from mooring into a slight current so turned around. Saw a largish turtle. Later saw two very large eagle rays S of mooring. Then back towards mooring. Lots of fish around, plenty of silver sweep, mado, trevally, a few medium sized kingfish. A really nice dive. Visibility very good.


    14 March 2018 - Bubble Cave

    Went to Bubble Cave, very surgy and ears had to be equalised every 20 seconds. A turtle came out when we were inside. Then W over a couple of ridges. Lots of wrasse eating eggs, very hectic. They were everywhere. Then found a very small clown triggerfish, black with white spots, yellow on top and near mouth, little bit near tail. Very cute. Back to E near mooring, found four tiny yellow boxfish all in one spot. Lots of fish again, tropical and otherwise. Another really nice dive. Visibility very good.


    15 March 2018 - Mackerel Rum

    Much calmer than yesterday, even though forecast a few days ago was awful. Started off NW point. Saw a turtle, then a large school of tuna, then six large barracuda. Soon we saw a leopard shark, came past us a number of times. In the end saw three separate leopards, all quite friendly. Also saw a guitar shark and a smallish bullray. Plenty of other fish, sweep, mado, surgeonfish and various wrasse. Fantastic dive, best of the trip. Visibility excellent.


    15 March 2018 - Elbow Cave

    Went thru Elbow Cave, still two crayfish in there. Then to the other cave, a very large turtle in there on top of a wobbegong (two there). It came out and within a metre of us. Two more crays in there too. Then to sinkholes, two Spanish dancers outside. Went into the Window, got shot back out! Then across to W and saw anothe turtle, some more tuna, some saw a leopard shark too. Then back to mooring. Lots of fish again all along this wall. Also saw an octopus, aq magniificent chrom nudi. Very good dive. Visibility very good.


    Back in Sydney


    17 March 2018 - M & K Reef

    Tried to do By Pass Reef but current was over 3 knots. Large powerful swell meant here it was quite surgy. Visibility was better than expected, 10 m. Saw two blue devilfish, two six-spined leatherjackets, three PPH, a large cuttlefish that hassled Kelly, two sea dragons and more. A very nice dive, better than expected. Visibility fair.


    18 March 2018 - The Leap

    After yesterday's powerful and large swell, today was almost millpond. Quite cold (18.8C) and dirty, especially deeper than 20 metres. Also a huge amount of kelp on the sand edge in this area, hard to see where the edge was in spots. Not a great deal seen, two sea dragons and quite a few species of nudibranch. Some yellowtail and garfish at the exit. Average dive. Visibility fair but poor deeper than 20 metres. 


    28 March 2018 - Marys Reef

    A bit sloppy and much bigger swell than expected. Surgy too and dirty below 15 m. Went W and it got surgier and dirtier. A few six-spined leatherjackets and a few other large fish. Back near anchor saw a small pipefish in an overhang. Also a small moray eel. To the E the surge was less and water cleaner. Not the best dive. Visibility poor.


    30 March 2018 - Middle Ground

    Little wind but some very small slop from NE. Anchored first go on NE corner. Visibility much better than last Wednsday, close to 20 m. Went around reef, two wobbegongs, one very large. Also a blue devilfish and plenty of purple dragons and some other nudibranchs. The whole reef was covered in fish, especially yellowtail (thousands), seapike and small trevally. Also a few medium kingfish and at least two medium sized cuttlefish. Most of the dive the fish blacked out the sky. Kelly also heard dolphins during the dive. Fantastic dive. Visibility very good.


    1 April 2018 - Big Saigon

    No wind and very small swell, but north of Potter Point it got very sloppy. Mostly due to waves bouncing back off the cliff face. Water much warmer than Friday (18.8C v 17.0C) but viz much the same, could see the boat clearly from 24 m. Went N along wall, not a lot of fish, but saw a huge cuttlefish, a very large blackfish and some one-spot pullers. Kelly found two sea spiders black with yellow knuckles. A few different species of nudibranch as well. Still a nice dive. Visibility very good. 


    2 April 2018 - M & K Reef

    Tried to dive By Pass Reef again but was a relatively strong current there. Here there was a slight current on surface from N but on bottom a very slight current from S. Used a fair bit of air at start moving the anchor with Kelly. It was only holding onto some kelp, had to move it a fair distance to find a small ledge. Water warmer at 20C. Then went N along wall. Kelly found two pygmy pipehorses (PPH). There were two cuttlefish, one was huge! On the way back I found a sea dragon and Kelly a small blue devilfish. She also found a Moorish idol, a bit lost from the tropics. Next group saw a wobbegong shark as well as another cuttlefish. Visibility very good.


    3 April 2018 - The Leap

    A big southerly last night so seas a bit rougher this morning. Visibility 20 m till 20 mins into dive when it dropped to 12 or so. At the same time the temperature went from 21.7C to 20.8C. Huge numbers of yellowtail, ladder-finned pomfret and mado at the start. Saw two sea dragons, quite a few cuttlefish, from small to medium. A few six-spined leatherjackets. We caught up to Mike S and he showed us three PPH and two Bare Island anglerfish, one yellow and one grey. Very well hidden in about 13 m. Went into deco we went so slow (79 mins). Ended up with only 15 bar once I exited which was a little rough, but not too bad. A great dive. Visibility very good then good.  


    4 April 2018 - The Split Gully

    Southerly was stronger than forecast at about 10 kts, but not too bad. Took two goes to anchor but even then we drifted to NW and ended up in the gully. On the way down and on bottom viz was about 20 m. Went to E to outside of reef but encountered a wall of sand! Very, very dirty. Instead went to W along gully. Saw three cuttlefish, two sea dragons and a few nudibranchs. When we turned around to come back, we again ran into the wall of sand. Viz dropped to under 5 m and water temp went down 0.5C. Once back at anchor we decided to ascend. The second group had very bad viz, down to 1 m in spots. Wow, how things can change. Not a great dive. Visibility very good but then very poor.


    6 April 2018 - Hull Cleaning

    Catlypso's hulls were covered in barnacles. None were there three months ago, but warm water and little movement seems to have encouraged growth. We motored to Jibbon Beach and I did from dinghy as far as I could reach down. Then dived on port hull. What a job! Needed a paint scraper to get them off. Props were not too bad, but the whole of both hulls were terrible. I am pretty sure that it took longer than the 45 mins shown by computer due to the shallowness. When I got out I could hardly walk as legs were weak. I was covered in barnacle remains as well as skeleton shrimp. They even got into my wetsuit! Bloody awful job. Visibility good.


    7 April 2018 - Hull Cleaning

    Cleaned starboard hull of Catlypso. As bad as port hull, very messy like yesterday. Terrible job. Visibility fair.


    11 April 2018 - Middle Ground

    Swell was much bigger than forecast, two of them, 3 m from SE and 2 m from NE as well as sea from N. Wind also much stronger, over 15 kts from NW. Despite this, conditions were okay on top, no current. Anchore on NW corner and went around reef. Could see boat from 27 m on top of reef. A bit dirtier on S and E sides and quite surgy at times when SE swell rolled in (seemed to be every 5 mins). Saw 3 cuttlefish, 5 wobbegong sharks (most for ages), a spiny gurnard, a six-spined leatherjackets and large school of yellowtail on NE corner. A pretty good dive. Visibility fair. 


    13 April 2018 - Bare Island Isolated Reefs

    A bit rough but able to go in from W point. Outgoing tide but little current. Viz poor on top but better deeper and a little colder (18.5C). Went to 15 Metre Reef, saw heaps of red-lined flabellina (saw over 50 on dive, most ever). Also two spiny gurnards (and one more later). Then along N side of IR1 and IR2, back on S side. Lots of pink okenias, over 10. Also saw some flabellinas on the pink okenia sponges. Also a few opera house nudibranchs, two PPH, a six-spined leatherjacket. Followed first half of dive by a blue groper and another larger one the second half. Both very friendly. A really good dive, 76 mins. Visibility fair.


    14 April 2018 - Barrens Hut

    Wind NW at 10 kts but when we came up it was over 20 and later 25. Anchored second go right on edge of reef near N cave. Went S to Tunnel and then Cave. Saw a donut nembrotha not on a purple ascidan. Others saw two. Lots of fish around, especially in the Barrens Crack where heaps of bastard trumpeters. red morwong and a few blue morwong and some other species. Saw the biggest cuttlefish I have ever seen N of the N cave. So big!! Then back to anchor area before ascending. A very nice dive, despite the water being under 17C and only 18C at top. Visibility fair.


    15 April 2018 - Bare Island Left

    Wind W and over 20 kts so too rough to go in on right side. First dive here for years. Went from near back SE corner and then SE till sand. Then S for a bit and back to shore. Saw one sea dragon, lots of nudibranchs, but no really interesting ones. No wonder I have not dived here for so long! It used to be better than the other side of Bare Island but not for 15 years. Visibility good.


    16 April 2018 - Bare Island 15 Metre Reef

    Weather conditions much better than yesterday, although some very large waves meant we could not go in at W point. Instead went in near Carol's Plaque. Then cut up the gully and across the reef top (saw a very large kingfish here), coming out at S end of 15 Metre Reef. There was some current here, so did not go deeper as originally planned. A huge snapper here. Heaps of red-lined flabellinas and another similar species. One pink okenia, a tiny yellow boxfish and a small cowfish. The blue devilfish was back in the first cave from shore. One PPH (the white one). Lots of other stuff, including some shrimp on starfish. An excellent dive, warmer than last two dives here (19.4C). Visibility very good.


    21 April 2018 - Pizza Reef

    Wind stronger than forecast, 15 kts S. Very sloppy, very slight current from N top to bottom. Anchored SE corner. Went around reef, quite a few black reef leatherjackets and one six-spined leatherjacket. A sleeping blue groper near anchor. A dozen bastard trumeters N of the crack and 20 more near cave. Also a few hundred seapike near cave. On S flat rock 2 donut nembrotha nudibranchs. A really nice relaxing dive. Visibility good but milky.


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    Michael on 01 March 2018 00:00 · Print
    My Recent Dives - January & February 2018
    5 January 2018 - SS Tuggerah
    Phil's boat. Very calm seas, no current on top (but some on bottom). Anchored right on boiler. Searched for the torch I dropped last year, but could not find it. Went under prop, huge wobbegong shark swam under me. Cleaned the toilet, no one has done since I last did it 10 months ago. Went a bit forward and then back to boiler. A few medium cuttlefish, a moray eel, lots of large seapike over prop area. A really nice dive. Visibility good.

    6 January 2018 - Middle Ground

    Very warm day, strong NE even at 8 am, but only slight chop so far. Anchored on NE corner, slight current. Warm 21.5C on top but 17.4C on bottom. Went looking for the torch I lost here 2 months ago. Did not find first go, so went right around reef. Very large schools of yellowtail, silver sweep, seapike and trevally. A few black reef leatherjackets, but no wobbegongs or blue devilfish. Came back to anchor area and did another search, Found the torch on the reef, white instead of black, paint has come off, also covered in small barnacles. Still worked when I turned it on! Anchor would not come free after dive, so Ian R had to do a second to move it. Excellent dive. Visibility very good.


    7 January 2018 - Bare Island Deep Wall

    Very hot day, by end of dive it was 37C. Went in off W point to wall, then back normal way. Lots of nudibranchs, pink okenia, red flabbelina and many others. One RIF, one small orange anglerfish, Kelly and Kim found a few PPHs. Water very warm (23C) shallow but dirty. Much cleaner (15-20 m viz) but 18C deeper. An excellent 71 minute dive. Visibility very good.


    8 January 2018 - Bare Island Deep Wall

    Another very hot day. Went in off W point and headed SW. Did similar dive to yesterday. Water heaps warmer on bottom (19.7C) but viz nowhere near as good, perhaps 12 m. Lost Chris at 50 min mark, searched for him and surfaced to find him swimming to shore. Saw lots of different nudibranchs like yesterday, no PPH or RIF, but two spiny gurnards. Also found the small orange anglerfish again and lots of "bugs" in the Gabo Island soft coral. Another nice dive.Visibility good.


    8 January 2018 - Bare Island Isolated Reefs

    Decided to another dive with Kim. Even hotter now. Went off W point and headed WNW to 15 Metre Reef, then to S side of IR1. Followed this to the end and back along N side of IRs. Viz a little better. Found one RIF at start of IR2. No PPH. Lots of nudibranchs and a small boxfish. The anglerfish had moved about a metre since this morning's dive. A few morays, one very large and friendly one on IR2. A blue groper also followed us for about 20 minutes on IR2. Ended up in deco for two minutes! Great dive again. VIsibility good.


    11 January 2018 - SS Tuggerah

    My 4,000th dive!! Club deep dive, two boats and 8 divers. No wind, current, a bit of swell from SE but glassy. Blue water to 27 m, then greener (still good). Anchored right on stern, hooked into fishing net. Moved to above rudder. Went forward to bow and then back to boilers and stern. Two huge wobbegongs, a few medium cuttlefish, a couple of moray eels (swimming). Rob went up Phil's anchor and later cut across to ours as we were close enough to be able to see on deco. Excellent dive. Visibility good.


    12 January 2018 - Marley Point 

    Club boat dive. Fast run down in blue water, very slight current from N. Anchored right next to cave, could see bottom as soon as we jumpe din water. Went NE along sand edge, a huge bullray swam past us. Saw it three more times in totally different locations. Thousands of one-spot pullers, all doing their mating dance. There were all over the place. Came back shallower, going through a few swim-throughs and then W of anchor. Back to cave and through it to anchor. A very nice dive, warm water (mostly 20+C but 18.8C min). Visibility very good.


    13 January 2018 - Bare Island Isolated Reefs

    Too rough to go in off W point, had to go in near Carol's plaque. Went down to IR1 and then along N side. Around end of IR2 and back on S side. Some current in spots. Two PPH on large white sponge near first cave, the small orange anglerfish was on adjacent rock to normal, one RIF in between IR1 and IR2. Lots of yellowtail out on IR2. Lots of nudibranchs again, heaps of different species. A really good dive, apart from the bunch of divers who passed us and made viz 2 m and then later surfaced way out on IR! Visibility good.


    21 January 2018 - The Leap

    Seas quite flat and water warm 21C and viz at least 10 m, amazing considering the huge seas during the week. Did the normal drift, perhaps a bit slower than normal (76 mins). Hardly swam at all as tide was enough. Saw 6 sea dragons, 2 with eggs. 7 PPH, one pale big belly sea horse, lots of nudibranchs. A very nice dive. VIsibility good.


    24 January 2018 - Hungry Jacks

    Club boat dive. A bit sloppy but no wind, blue water and very slight current from S. Anchored on top of reef. Judy had a problem with her inflator, kept sticking on, had to disconnect the hose. Meant we had a shorter dive than normal. Went N along reef edge, lots of silver sweep, small trevally and one-spot pullers. One very large blue groper. Others saw a blue devilfish. Nice dive except too short. Visibility good. 


    5 February 2018 - Bare Island Isolated Reefs

    Too rough to go in from point, went in near Carol's plaque. Only one PPH and one RIF. No anglerfish. Lots of red morwong out on IR2, plenty of leatherjackets and yellowtail. Warm, over 22C whole dive. Viz not the greatest, but considering the seas last week, pretty good. Not one of the better dives here. Visibility fair.


    7 February 2018 - Osborne Shoals

    Club boat dive. No wind and a little slop. However, quite surgy on bottom even though only small swell. First time here for almost four years. Went W and S. A bit sandy in spots, but towards end cleared up. Not a huge amount seen, two sea dragons and one large cuttlefish and a six spinned leatherjacket were the highlights. Visibility fair.


    Next dives all at Jervis Bay


    11 February 2018 - Little Egypt

    Southerly hit early so could not go any further. Got stronger and moved from SW to SE while we were here. Anchored in normal spot, went SE and then back. Saw a small moray eel, a sea dragon, Kelly found a sea spider and a tiny pygmy pipehorse. We also saw a squid and a lot of smallish kingfish. Very cold in spots (16.1), although top warm and some warmer spots. Visibility very good.


    11 February 2018 - The Nursery

    Much windier than earlier and gone more SE to E. Used N most mooring. Went to E and then followed reef N and back. Saw a large wobbegong, a six-spined leatherjacket, a few blue gropers and maori wrasse. Not great as viz went from poor to very poor in spots but at least it was much warmer. Visibility poor. 


    12 February 2018 - The Arch

    A bit sloppy but not too bad. Anchored just E of Arch and boat hanging almost above the gap. Went to Arch and moved Phil's anchor to top as the rope was rubbing on rock. Then over and back thru Arch, up and down the gap, then back to top of Arch where Kelly found an upsidedown pipefish and two small pipefish. Lots of fish, very cold though, 15.3C. Great dive. Visibility excellent.


    12 February 2018 - Torpedo Tubes

    Anchored here for morning tea then dived to S. Quite dirty but some cold very clear spots, second divers had better viz. Went to cave and inside, then back to boat. Nothing special seen, but nice anyway. Visibility fair.


    13 February 2018 - Pyramid Rock

    Very choppy, so we did not go north as planned. Not too bad here. Anchored right on the site, dropped over wall, water very clear but cold, 15.0C! Went S for a bit on bottom then back along wall. Out around the rocks, found a very bright blue devilfish, lots of bastard trumpeters, one-spot pullers, mado, small trevally. Then back to wall N of this, along top to anchor and up. Next divers saw a seal. Fantastic dive. Visibility very good. 


    13 February 2018 - Bowen Island Rockfall

    A bit calmer than the first dive. Water temperature varied a lot, still cold, 16.6C. Went S for a bit, Kelly found a small razor pipefish, then we saw a large bullray, then back past anchor where Kelly found two blue devilfish. Then went W and thru a large swim-thru which had many exits. Back towards boat, saw a dozen huge kingfish. Lots of trevally and one-spot pullers all over the place. Also saw a few king wrasse. Very nice dive. Visibility good.


    14 February 2018 - The Fence

    Tried to go north again but sloppy swell and chop from NE, so decided to stop here. This is below lighthouse on Point Perpendicular and you can see a fence. Lots of boulders, goes deep. Water not so clean, but some spots were colder and clearer. Did not see a great deal apart from a small wobbegong and a large swimming one. Only an average dive. Visibility fair.


    14 February 2018 - The Docks

    Wind turned NW while here. Very calm. Went to big cave via the N swim-thru, then to Double Decker Cave. Kelly found a small blue devilfish. Lots of seapike in main cave, some big eyes in caves and swim-thrus, yellowtail outside. Viz varied a lot, water warm at 21.8C. A nice dive. Visibility good.


    15 February 2018 - Pyramid Rock

    Very sloppy and wind came up eary, so too rough to go anywhere but here. Decided to only do one dive, so did a deco dive. Did similar dive to Tuesday. Not as good viz either but over 3 degrees warmer. Kelly found a sea spider, a pygmy pipehose and an upsidedown pipefish. Also a lot of red morwong but only a couple of bastard trumpeters and also one female king wrasse. May have been as many fish, but since viz was not as good, could not tell. A very good dive. Visibility fair. 


    16 February 2018 - The Bommies

    Wind forecast to go from SW to SE about 10 so decided to do only one dive, a deco one. This spot about half way from Rockfall to Pyramid Rock. This is 25 m on top, dropping to 28 at bottom of wall and then over 31 out further. There are a number of large bommies, making small gullies between them and with some small overhangs. Much warmer at 20.1C. Found a large long-snouted boarfish, Kelly found another sawtooth pipefish. A few nice wrasse, and one six-spined leatherjacket. Very colourful, plenty of gorgnias and sea squirts. Excellent dive. Visibility good.


    Back in Sydney


    28 February 2018 - Pizza Reef

    Club boat dive. The seas were smoothish but still a bit of swell running (huge on Monday). Clean down to 18 m and then very dirty, perhaps 5 m mostly, although one spot much cleaner. Mostly floating sand. Also a bit of surge and a current from N. Anchored in gully between the two parts, went to cave, a few bastard trumpters and lots of seapike. Then to S end, one donut nembrotha. Also some black reef leatherjackets. Not the greatest dive, but not the worst either. Visibility very poor.


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