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    My Recent Dives - November & December 2016
    3 November - Six Fathom Reef
    Club boat dive, three boats, 10 divers. Tried to dive Barrens, but large rolling swell and a current of at least 1 knot from N. Came back here and protected from both. Very dirty on top, but better on the bottom, except on sand where worse. Went to S along wall, then out towards sand and NW along the reef edge. Back to main wall, saw a nice blue devilfish on the way. Some mirror and black reef leatherjackets. Went S along main wall and then E on S edge to E side then N. Cut back across the deeper section of reef to main wall. A big school of luderick, also a lot of yellowtail. Back to boat. Nice dive despite conditions. Visbility fair but poor deep.

    3 November - Bare Island Isolated Reef 1
    Club night dive. Conditions much better than this morning, but could not go in off W point. Went down to IR1 and then to first bit of IR2. Viz okay most of the way, but dropped off in spots. One RIF out there, then back. A couple of dwarf firefish, a few small cuttlefish, one tiny, another RIF (or two?), a large flounder, a large flathead, a large spindle cowrie and a dead cowrie. The tropical sea horse is now near where the small anglerfish were months ago. No anglerfish or pygmy pipe horses. A surprisingly nice dive. Visibility fair.

    5 November - Whale Watching Platform
    Club boat dive, three boats, 10 divers. Tried to dive Barrens, but large rolling swell and a current of at least 1 knot from N. Came back here and protected from both. Very dirty on top, but better on the bottom, except on sand where worse. Went to S along wall, then out towards sand and NW along the reef edge. Back to main wall, saw a nice blue devilfish on the way. Some mirror and black reef leatherjackets. Went S along main wall and then E on S edge to E side then N. Cut back across the deeper section of reef to main wall. A big school of luderick, also a lot of yellowtail. Back to boat. Nice dive despite conditions. Visbility fair but poor deep.

    All following dives at Great Detatched Reef, Far North Queensland, unless otherwise stated.

    8 November 2016 - Cape York, RMS Quetta
    First dive of trip, amazing wreck and conditions, at least 15 m vizz. Went from midships to bow, lots of fish under. Then back to stern, partly via inside. Prop and rudder in place, great photo. Then back to midships, also partly inside. Middle mast still perfectly in place. Lots  of fish all over the wreck, mostly in the holds and holes. Current even at end of dive was slight. Brilliant dive. Visibility very good.

    8 November 2016 - Cape York, RMS Quetta
    Went to stern along outside and inside. Then to bow via inside mostly. Went out the hole in hull to bow, saw the damage there from when it hit the rock. Saw the two anchors, the boiler, the engine etc. Back to stern and then to mooring line. Viz not as good, but lots of big fish. Brilliant dive again. Visibility good.

    9 November 2016 - Manta Point
    Site located NW end of Great Detached Reef on inside. Wall of coral sloping to 12 m then sand with bommies to 25 m. Went W  and then back to boat. Saw a black tipped reef shark, lots of titan triggerfish, plenty of normal reef fish. Also a few different species of clownfish, some shrimp on sea whips etc. Nice dive. Visibility very good.

    9 November 2016 - Manta Point
    Did another dive here, this time to the E. Went along at 18 m gradullay coming up to 13 m where we turned around. More titan triggerfish, and a large turtle. Lots of Moorish idols, bannerfish, butterflyfish. Heaps of garden eels on the sand. Viz not as good but still great. Visibility good.

    9 November 2016 - Turtle Farm
    An isolated reef on W side of the GDR. Anchored on E side. Went into current to N, at point huge fishlife. Lots of spanish makeral, GTs, trevally, grey reef sharks, white tipped reef sharks, kingfish and more. Brilliant. Then back to reef near boat where we did safety stop. Lots more clownfish, Mooriish idols, bannerfish etc. Two hhuge sea whips about half way. Fantastic dive. Visibility very good.

    9 November 2016 - Turtle Farm
    Night dive. Went to N again, saw a small grey reef shark and white-tipped reef shark as soon as we hit bottom. A few unicornfish, red bass, trevally etc. Lots of small shrimp and crabs, a couple of nudibranchs, a blind shark, tiny flutemouth, lots of Moorish idols, and bannerfish. Before dive we saw a large tiger shark and after I got out, one swam around the boat with three divers still in the water. Excellent dive. Excellent visibility.

    10 November 2016 - Captain Bloods Wall of Terror
    Located SE end of GDR. Dropped off edge and drifted E. Slopes gradully to 25 m thne steeply to 300 m. Saw 13 sharks, grey reef, wwhite-tipped and black tipped. Lots of red bass, snapper, rainbbow runners and more. Plenty of huge gorgonias, nice coral. Ended up surfacing and doing safety stop under Gigi's safety sausage. Then she called Kalinda using lifeline and picked up. Good dive. Very good visibility.

    10 November 2016 - Southern Entrance
    Located SE side of the southern entrance to GDR. Went to right along shear wall from 5 m to over 200 m. Lots of vertical gullies, thosuands of gorgonias of all colours and sizes. Quite a few sharks, including grey reef, silver and white-tipped. Plenty of titan triggerfish, all seem to be mating or preparing nests. Some barracuda, trevally and GTs, 2 lionfish. A few tiny slugs (same as yesterday). Great dive. Visibility very good.

    10 November 2016 -  Port Arthur
    Located to E of southern entrance on inside of main GDR. Lots of small bommies located off the main reef in max 8 m. Went from one to another. Saw 19 pipefish, striped round tails. Lots of fish, some big ones. Some saw a leaf fish, shark. Went to SE first then N to large bommie and between this and main reef and then back to boat. Really nice dive, should be great tonight as night dive. Visibility fair.

    10 November 2016 - Port Arthur
    Night dive. no pipefish at all, one large white tip reef shark and a  small one. A large turtle which came close. A lionfish, a parrotfish in a hole, plenty of large fish around. Lots of shrimp but too hard to get photos. Nice dive. Visibility very good.

    11 November 2016 - Wood Reef, Woodies
    Located on E side of Wood Reef. A finger comes out W at a few metres for about 150 m, shear walls to 100 m or so. Went in on S side and swam along till we saw the tunnel thru the end. This is at 20 m and 20 m long, 5 m wide. Swam thru and then left W to end. Here shear drop with lots of large gorgonias and sea whips. Then back  to main reef and over to S side. Was another cross-over point about half way that we missed. Saw a large grey whaler and white-tip reef shark on N side, 2 more grey whalers in gully. Aa few large fish off the wall and some excellent coral in the shallows. A brilliant dive site. Visibility excellent.

    11 November 2016 - Wood Reef, Lush Spot
    Located about half way down S side of Wood Reef. Anchored  in a sandy gutter that runs from 8 m to 25 m. Shear wall to 70 or more metres. Went SE along wall and then back again a little shallower. Crossed over mouth of gutter and went for quite a way. Lots of large gorgonias all along the wall, some sea whips  and sea fans. Saw a couple of sharks, then 4 humpheaded wrasse. Lots of surgeonfish and parrotfish schooling as one. Some clownfish, Kelly found a leaf scorpionfish in staghorn coral at 5 m. Spent last bit of dive around edges of gutter. Great dive. Visibility very good.

    11 November 2016 - Captain Bloods Wall of Terror
    This time started dive closer to the SE corner of GDR and went NE and then N. Went around corner and finished perhaps 200 m N. Saw lots of sharks, did not count them, but perhaps 15. One was a silver-tipped reef shark. Saw 2 clown triggerfish, a purple dragon, a whie with yellow edges nudibranch. Lots of other fish as well. Nice reef. Visibility varried a lot, very good at start, then onnly good and then back to very good.

    11 November 2016 - The Mad Surgeon
    Decided to do a late afternoon dive instead of night dive. Located on the inside of the N end of the soutern-most W reef of GDR. Sandy bottom with lots of bommies, small and large. Headed N to point where lots of fish, surgeonfish, lots   more. Only a reasonable dive. Visibiity fair.

    12 November 2016 - 6MP
    Located in between top and bottom reefs on W side. Six Metre Pinnacle. Two pinnacles that come almost to surface, this one to 5 m from over 35 m. Lots of overhangs and small caves, huge gorgonias, sea whips, soft and hard corals. Plenty of clownfish, surgeonfish, unicornfish, parrotfish and more. Brilliant fishlife, especially on E side as current from there . An amazing dive site! Visibility excellent.

    12 November 2016 - Da Phat
    Located a few hundred metres to W of last dive. A pinnacle that comes up from 60 m on E and 200 on W to 13 m. Found by Dave Ss and after diving it said that it was Da Phat! Has a split in middle at 20 m and a large cave that goes off and comes out on the side. Lots of gorgonias and sea whips, soft and hard corals. Huge numbers of fish, dog-finned tuna, unicornfish, parrotfish and heaps more. Thousands of long-finned bannerfish, a large firefish, and all the normal tropical fish. Top of the higher peak had heaps of anemones and clownfish. Another brilliant dive. Visibility very good.

    12 November 2016 - Entourage
    Boot shaped reef 1 nm south of last dives. Boat anchored S of reef. Boot heal runs NE-SW. Went around anti-clockwise, current strongish at top of boot. Saw a couple of white-tipped reef sharks and grey reef sharks. Kelly found a huge painted crayfish. Lots of surgeonfish, esp on the surface. Dozens of anemones at 5 m stop near boat. Not a brilliant dive. Visibility varied, but mostly very good.

    13 November 2016 - Raine Island Eastern Apex
    Located off E end of reef. Anchored in 30 m but hanging back over about 10 m. Went in and headed NW at 25 m gradually coming upto 15 m where we turned around. Just back from here saw 2 green turtles and maybe a large (tiger?) shark in the shallows. Lots of white tipped reef sharks, one epilette shark, one clown triggerfsih, a few titan triggerfish. Reef flat 5 m on top then slopes to 30+m, lots of nice coral. Nice dive, but not many turtles and no tiger sharks. Visibility very good.

    13 November 2016 - Raine Island North Wall
    Drifted along the N wall to SE. Wall is a shear drop from 5 m to 60+m, lots of small bays and landslides. Hundreds of small "sleeping bays" for turtles in the wall, all but a couple empty. Saw heaps of turtles, one leopard shark, one epilette shark. Plenty of unicornfish, surgeonfish and parrotfish. Some clownfish, titan triggerfish and more.

    13 November 2016 - Cow Bommie
    Located at the entrance to lagoon between NW and E reefs. No current when we started but picked up a bit as tide came in. Dived on E side of the bommie. Went to right of boat where there are some large bommies and some smaller ones. Lots of gorgonias here, a spindle cowrie, plenty of glass shrimp and other shrimps. Saw a tuna like fish and then a very sleek shark. Back to the main bommie and slowly back to boat. Kelly found a nice grey, black and white nudibranch. Plenty more to see, but not as good as the deeper part. No real shallows so had to do safety stop on the deco line. Very good dive. Visibility good.

    14 November 2016 - OMG Spot
    Located on outside of GDR about 1/3 way from N. Reef runs NW/SE. Anchored in a sandy gully. Went to NW for 10 mins and back to gully then SE a little. Wall slopes very steeply from 10 m to 60+m. Saw a white-tipped reef shark, a couple of nudibranchs, an orangutan crab, some clownfish. Lots of large fish. Nice dive. Visibility very good.

    14 November 2016 - Twin Admiralty Drift
    Located on E most part of reef, NW/SE wall. Named because 2 admirality anchors in shallows and chain running over the edge. Dropped in to go SE but current deeper was going NW, so went that way. Very steep slope from 5 m to over 100 m. Quite a few sharks, some white-tipped, silver-tipped and grey reef sharks. Two clown triggerfish, some huge giant trevallies, other species of trevally, parrotfish and unicorn fish. Current was at least one knot, so hard to stop to look at things, saw one large moray eel. Really nice dive. Visibility good.

    14 November 2016 - 6MP
    What a dive! Quite strong a current so huge amount of fishlife, from tiny to large. Hard going on 1/4 of each circuit, but easy for the rest. Lots of feeding going on, blue trevally and unicornfish going after the small fish. Went round and round the bommie, greadually ascending. Saw the rinoporus just outside the cave, beautiful. Also some dancing shrimp, lots of clownfish as before. Spent the last 12 mins on top of the bommie just watching the fish in the current. Amazing! Visibility very good.

    14 November 2016 - 6MP
    Night dive. Still quite a strong current, but okay. Saw quite a few2 sharks at the start of the dive and a couple later. Saw the lacy scorpionfish again, some interesting shrimp on a gorgonia, a Spanish dancer, a very large octopus, some huge trevally and other fish. Probably not as many fish as last dive. Plenty of glass shrimp on gorgonias. Another fantastic dive. Visibility very good.

    15 November 2016 - Jukes Reef
    Well, this was an interesting dive! Jukes is a sand cay 9 nm NW of GDR. Anchored on S side. Strong current which got stronger while we were in. Rubble slop to 30 m, then a wall. We went NW and a couple of coral bommies. Found three nice nudibranchs, not much else. Cut dive short and ascended from 7 m as we figured we would not be able to get back underwater. Once on surface, we attempted to surface swim back to boat. Missed the port side of boatand came down starboard side, grabbed the rope on tender. Then made it across to the 100 m mermaid line. They put out another line to steps and pulled ourselves to steps. Two missed boat altogether, rest came up anchor. Used a huge amount of air. Visibility good.

    20 November 2016 - Bypass Reef - Sydney
    Club dive day and BBQ. First run of the day, very green till we got outside Botany Bay. Blue water here, very little current. Saw a blue devilfish, Kelly found some sea spiders, lots of PJs and plenty of red morwong. Could not find any sea horses. Very nice dive. A great day as well at the BBQ. Visibility very good.

    22 November 2016 - Middle Ground
    Club boat dive. Wind had not come up when we got out but by the time we were leaving it was over 15 kts NE. Dirty on top but quite clean on the bottom, cold though. Went around the reef, no wobbegongs or blue devils, but lots of yellowtail, seapike, silver sweep and more. A nice easy dive. Visibility good. 

    26 November 2016 - Xanadu
    Club boat dive. Have not dived here for a couple of years I think. Big rolling swell but no surge on bottom. Blue water and over 20C on top. When we got to bottom viz less than a metre! However, anchor was on sand and chain bouncing up and down made it terrible. Dragged anchor 10 m to reef and all okay. Viz 7 m. Went N and then back to anchor and S a little. Rest of time near anchor. Not a huge amount of fishlife, but a nice deep dive. Visibility fair.

    30 November 2016 - Pizza Reef
    Club boat dive. A bit sloppy on top but okay. Very blue and warm water (21C) till 18 m and then darker and only 19C. Went around reef, lots of yellowtail, seapike and one-spot pullers. It looks like a large rock on SE corner has moved right off the reef. There used to be a gap between the main reef and this rock where there were lots of gorgonias. It is not there now, but may be off on the sand, not really sure. Bastard trumpeters N of cave. Nice dive. Visibility fair.

    5 December 2016 - Barrens Hut/The Split
    Club boat dive. First boat dive for my nephew Pat, he went very good considering depth was 8 m deeper than his previous max. Slit current from N. Went up Split to N and the then N to flat rock. Found a sea dragon on the way and two donut nembrothas. Back to anchor area and another sea dragon, this one with eggs. Saw some large black reef-leatherjackets, one pineapplefish (near S Split). Then to cave and back to anchor, lots of red morwong and bastard trumpeters. Very nice dive. Visibility good.

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    Michael on 01 November 2016 00:00 · Print
    My Recent Dives - September & October 2016
    3 September - Shiprock
    Too windy to take boat out, so 12 of us did this dive. Viz really good considering the amount of rain the past 2 days. Saw lots of moray eels, cuttlefish, an octopus in a glass jar, 2 huge flathead, 2 long-finned bannerfish, frogfish, shrimp, seapike and more. Only one nudibranch! No pineapplefish, but an easy dive. Visibility good.

    4 September - The Leap
    Really big sea running, but oaky here, although a bit of surge for first 10 mins. Went NE and then along edge. Lots of damage from the huge seas in May. Saw one sea dragon, 4 PPH, yellow boxfish, lots of PJs and horn sharks, heaps purple dragons, lots of opera house nudibranchs and huge bullray. The feral weed has taken over a lot more area since last dive, probably because of the storm. Visibility fair.

    10 September - Bare Island 15 Metre Reef
    Cancelled boat dive due to very strong N winds. Really blowing, so glad we did. Went off W point and W to 15 Metre Reef, then back normal way. Saw a spiny gurnard, the two small orange anglerfish, the strange sea horse but no RIF or PPH. Was not a long dive as one diver was a novice and not great yet on air. Cool 16C deeper and 17.6 shallow. Nice dive. Visibility good deep, but fair shallower.

    25 September - M & K Reef
    First dive since we sailed Catlypso to Queensland. Kelly was not feeling the best so watched the boat. Flat seas, NW wind, very slight current from N. Viz at least 15 m. Not a great deal of exciting marine life, but one six-spined leatherjacket, 2 huge black leatherjackets, some one-spot pullers and a nice spindle cowrie on a harp fan. Despite this, a nice dive. Visibility very good. 

    27 September - SS Bombo
    Diving from Aidan's RIB, no wind or current, at least 20 m viz. Anchor was just off wreck on a small piece of wreckage, dragged over to engine. Went to stern, then to bow. The bow section is now very low and virtually impossible to penetrate. Back on W side to boiler and into this section from W side. Back around engine and stern and rudder. Lots of yellowtail at bow. Excellent dive. Visibility very good. 

    28 September - Barrens Hut/The Split
    Club boat dive. Wind was from S rather than W and at 15 to 20 kts, too strong to go further S as planned. Reasonable current from N at first but dropped right away. Water 20.9 on top and 19.6 on bottom, viz 20 m. Anchored out on rock to E of S end of Split. Two donut nembrothas on the rock. Went to Split and then N. Once outside, went N again. Another 10 donuts there. Saw one more later. Three times the most we have seen before! Back to Cave and then to anchor. Lots of bastard trumpeters and red morwongs in normal spot. An amazing dive for this time of the year. Visibility very good.

    29 September - Shiprock
    Club night dive. First night dive for a while due to weather and other things. Viz not as good as expected, but okay. Not a huge amount of things to see, a few moray eels, 2 juvenile long-finned bannerfish, 4 frogfish, a tiny dwarf firefish, quite a few decorator crabs, many different species of nudibranch, some whiting and bream and the normal leatherjackets. No pineapplefish again. Visibility fair.

    1 October - Barrens Hut/The Split
    Went out again to same spot as Wednesday but water 3 degrees cooler at 16.6 on the bottom. Still 15 to 20 m viz though. Strong NW wind which got gale force by the time we finished. Kelly dived with Les as I dived with new member George. Saw 5 donut nembrothas, a large orange boxfish, lots of PJs and bastard trumpeters, one blue morwong, a huge school of small striped catfish in the cave and more. A very nice dive. Visibility very good.

    2 October - Tupia Point
    Much better conditions today, very slight NW wind. First time we have dived here for perhaps 10 years. Anchored right on GPS co-ords. Viz about 20 m and temp 17.7 compared to 16.6 yesterday. Apparently there was a round ball item, perhaps the remains of a wave bouy. Went NE and then back to anchor and a bit SW. Lots of PJs, some blackfish, about a dozen kingfish and thousands of ladder-finned pomfrets. A few swim-throughs, lots of large boulders and overhangs. A really nice site. Visibility very good.

    6 October - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Club night dive, 8 attending, most this year I think. Flat seas but a bit of surge for most of the dive and some waves when getting in. Went from W point to Wall, first time here since early May. Very clean shallow but dirty deeper than 10 m. Saw 3 RIF, a dwarf firefish, a few squid, some red-lined flabilina, opera house nudis, squat lobsters, A tagged PJ (but could not read it), a huge flathead, the sea horse near first cave and the orange anglerfish at 13 m. A great dive. Visibility poor. 

    9 October - Middle Ground
    Very large swell, but no wind or current. Blue water with whale snot, but surgy on bottom and in spots only 2m. Probably averaged 5 m. Went around, saw a large wobbegong, some yellowtail, but not too much else. Not a great dive, but better than sitting at home. Visibility poor. 

    12 October - Pizza Reef
    Club boat dive. Swell down a bit but still significant, a bit surgy as well. Whale snot top to bottom and very slight current from S. Slight W wind. No bastard trumpeters at cave, but about a dozen at S end. Also a donut nembrotha there. Lots of silver sweep and yellowtail on S and E sides. Quite a few black reef leatherjackets as well. Whales heard all dive like last few dives. Nice dive. Visibility fair.

    15 October - M & K Reef
    Club boat dive. Large rolling swell so could not dive Cape Banks Cavern, tried Yellow Rock but swell here, then back to M&K and seems to be a bit protected by Cape Banks. Despite rolling swell, only a bit of surge on bottom intermittantly. Two blue devilfish in cave and Kelly found two pigmy pipehorse (PPH) outside cave. Some nice leatherjackets, a few cuttlefish, but not a great deal more. Nice dive. Appears we had the best dive of the three boats from club. Visibility fair.

    18 October - Marley Point
    Club boat dive. Slight swell and little NW wind so went all the way to Marley Point. A bit cleaner than Saturday. Went thru cave and did normal route. Saw an eagle ray, a big school of luderick, thousands of yellowtail, some nice black reef leatherjackets. Back on boat, a baby humpback whale surfaced 20 m from us and headed right at us. It must have went under or in front of us as surfaced the other side with mother. Very nice dive. Visibility good.

    20 October - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Club night dive. Went in from W point and WSW (compass is not working good). Visibility varied a lot over the dive, sometimes 10 m, mostly 5 m. Saw some opera house nudibranchs, lots of squid, three dwarf firefish, a spiny gurnard, one RIF, no PPH, 1 frogfish and the orange anglerfish. Could not find the tropical sea horse. A few other interesting nudibranchs as well. Another nice dive. Visibility poor. 

    29 October - Henry Head
    Club boat dive. Quite sloppy so we stayed inside Botany Bay, Kelly decided to not dive so she dropped us E of site and we did a drift dive. First vice with new OSTC 2 computer. Saw 8 sea dragons, all on the N-S section. Water very warm (20+C) at first but cooled off as tide changed. All the normal fish for here, but no sea horses. Saw the Victorian divers underwater as they drifted out. Nice dive. Visibility fair.

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    Michael on 01 September 2016 00:00 · Print
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