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    Current Kareela Weather
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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
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    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
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    I established this Web Site about scuba diving in Sydney, NSW, Australia and the South Pacific, as well as a few other places, in June 1996.

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    My Recent Dives - November & December 2017
    3 November 2017 - The Split 
    First dive after sailing trip, two months since last dive. Mak Cat went good, but steering was frozen yesterday and took some work to free up. A bit of swell running but rolling. Anchored second go a S end of The Split. Les and I went N along Split and then outside to N a short distance. A large donut nembrotha here and just S another one and a sea dragon with eggs. Lots of large leatherjackets all over the place and a few PJs. Kelly dived with Cody who was doing his first boat dive with the club. Two other boats did SS Tuggerah and had a great dive. A really good dive to get back into Sydney diving. Visibility very good.

    9 November 2017 - Middle Ground
    Club boat dive. BIg rolling swell, some at least 3 metres. Anchored on NW corner, huge amount of fishlife, especially yellowtail. Went almost right around, cut W and E sides a bit due to sand floating there. A bit of surge, but much better than expected. A medium sized bullray, a six-spined leatherjacket, plenty of blue groper and morwong. A really good dive, Cody's deepest to date. Visibility very good.

    11 November 2017 - Pizza Reef
    Club boat dive. The swell had dropped a bit but still long rolling. A bit of surge on bottom, but okay. Anchored on S side, three donut nembrothas on flat rock here. Went around the reef, a medium wobbegong and cuttlefish on NE corner. About 20 bastard trumpeters outside cave, a large school of seapike to N of here. A really nice dive, the wave period was about 11 seconds rather than the predicted 15 seconds, so surge was manageable. A very good dive. Visibility good.

    13 November 2017 - Barrens Hut
    Went out on Phil's boat, a bit sloppier than recent trips and also not as clean and colder (17.9C). Anchored near Cave, went N to bastard trumpeters, then outside to S. Went out on sand a bit. Then to Tunnel and back to Cave. Ended up on shallower section to W under boat. Lots of trumpeters, red morwongs and also some blue morwongs. A couple of mirror leatherjackets and a medium sized cuttlefish. Down in holes between boulders about 1 to 1.5 degrees warmer. A good dive. Visibility good. 

    18 November 2017 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    First dive here for over 7 months. Cancelled boat dive due to strong NE winds. Five members attending. Went in off W point. Right on high tide, no current. Kelly found 2 pygmy pipe horses on deep wall and a big belly sea horse. A RIF on RIF Reef, another 2 at 12 m. Lots of nudibranchs, heaps of purple dragons and an orange/black spot one. A couple of horned sharks. A really good dive. Visibility good.

    19 November 2017 - Henry Head
    Club dive day at La Perouse, 3 boats and about 25 divers. Wind was suppsoed to be NE but was SE, got a bit sloppy. Anchored on W side, went S into slight current. Saw 4 sea dragons, Kelly found lots of colouorful sea spiders. Plenty of black reef leatherjackets. Very cold again like yesterday, but clear water. The sponge life here is better than ever. Great dive and day. Visibility good.

    20 November 2017 - Bare Island Right
    Went in from Carol's plaque. Two small orange anglerfish, one on Sea Tulip Rock, the other the other just past Sea Horse Rock. A PPH near the first one. Lots and lots of nudibranchs, many species, including some tamjas, flabellinas and more. Two RIF on way back as well. A huge bullray in 6 metres. Cold again, but a bit warmer than last few days (16.6C). Did 76 mins, lot warmer shallower than 10 m. Very good dive. Visibility good deep, poor shallow.

    22 November 2017 - JD Reef 1 - Northern
    Club boat dive. We decided to have a look at the new artificial reefs located SE from Barrens Hut. The GPS co-ordinates given on Fisheries web site are not real accurate. It seems the reef has been made up of 3 and 4 structures set out in a cross pattern. We were on the western set of 3 on the northern reef. A bit of growth already on the concrete. Some flathead and a few other fish around. We will need to link them up with rope if we are to dive here as I could not find any more. They are said to be in a 100 x 100 m area, so it must be about 40 m from one set to the nearest one. It was very dirty on top and also to the E. Will dive again once we have found some old rope. Visibility good.

    24 November 2017 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Went in from W point, then SW as normal. Went around the bit off here and then back. Saw lots of different species of nudibranchs, especially blue dragons and red-lined flabellina, dozens of them, all on their host hydroid. Three RIF, two on RIF Reef, 2 tiny orange anglerfish and 1 tiny hairy orange anglerfish. A PPH (a strange colour, very white), 3 spiny gurnards, an eastern blue devilfish with guarding eggs laid yesterday. A great dive. Visibility good everywhere but shallow.

    25 November 2017 - Tupia Point
    Tried to dive behind Long Bay Rifle Range but too slppoy due to waves coming back from rock platform. Water cold again, 16.3C. Went NE along sand and then back a bit shallower. Then once back at anchor, to SW for a bit and looped back via shallows. Lots of swim thoughs and small gullies shallower. Not a great deal of life, saw three kingfish, a cuttlefish, quite a few black reef leatherjackets, some small schools of yellowtail and one-spot pullers. Found a sea dragon just as we started to ascend. Only a reasonable dive. Visibility fair.

    1 December 2017 - Bare Island Isolated Reef 1
    Went in off W point and NNW to 15 m Reef. Talk about a jellyfish dive! So many on IR1 that we could not see the seafloor or each other, even though viz was generally 10 m. Too many jellies to go around IR2, so we cut over to S side (outgoing tide). Jellies dropped off over there though we encountered them again back on main reef for about 30 m. Saw lots of nice rarer nudibranchs, the three orange anglerfish, including the hairy one, a RIF and more. A nice dive, despite the 16.4C water deeper (18.5C above 12 m). Visibility good.

    2 December 2017 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Club dive was not organised but ended up very strong NE. Went off W point to SW. A bit of a current here so did not go further S as normal. Kelly refound the big belly sea horse and 3 PPH she found a few weeks back. On RIF Reef quite strong outgoing current. Lots of nudibranchs, especially red-lined flabellinas. Found the 3 small anglerfish like yesterday. No RIF though. The eggs are still being guarded by eastern blue devilfish. Strange current behind us all the way back from first cave to exit, never had this before in almost 500 dives here. Cold again, 15.9C. Great dive. Visibility good. 

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    Michael on 01 November 2017 00:00 · Print
    My Recent Dives - May to October 2017
    14 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon Bommie
    Dived with Ian on a large bommie, one of three just past the entrance to lagoon. This was the SW one, we swam around it. Anemone with some clownfish, red bass, lots of small stuff, Moorish idol and some cabbage coral. Good to dive after a month without diving. Visibility very good.

    15 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Outer Entrance Reef
    Ian dropped us about 200 m SW of entrance. We dived around this area for about 25 minutes and then swam towards the entrance. However, the tide had already turned but should not have till 1030. Had to swim all the way and only made it to the green channel marker where we surfaced at 45 mins as agreed. Ian collected us there. The channel is very nice, will try to dive there tomorrow. All the normal reef fish. Visibility excellent.

    15 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon
    Dive to check on our anchor and the meassurement markings. Redid the 10 and 20 metre ones with extra cable ties. Anchor was hooked into a thick wire rope so untangled it. Visibility good.

    15 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Clown Trigggerfish Reef
    Went a lot further south and anchored in 16 metres. Reasonable current from S, so went S. A few large bommies, lots of smaller ones. Saw two CTF near anchor, a small and a medium white-tipped reef shark. Lots of Moorish idols and butterflyfish and two large flutemouths. A very good dive. Visibility excellent.

    16 May 2017 - Lady Musgrave Island Pontoon Reef
    This was further south again from the previous dives we have done here. Almost mirror seas and no wind. Dropped into 16 metres about 20 metres off the wall. Went south again into very slight current. A few small bommies, lots of dead stag coral on sand. Saw some nice nudibranchs, lots of butterflyfish, some triggerfish, a larger yellow boxfish, a flutemouth and more. Another nice dive. Visibility excellent.

    2 July 2017 - Butterfly Bay Point, Hook Island
    Started ooutside between Butterfly Bay and Butterfly Bay East, then drifted back in on tide (very,very slight). Very dirty at 14 m and did not get better till inside the bay and we ascended above 10 m. Saw a huge crayfish, a large barramundi cod, some red bass and a few other large fish. Also a huge clam, biggest I have seen alive. Lots of butterflyfish and other tropicals. Also a large flatworm. We should have started inside the bay, best section was the last one third. Heard whales most of the dive. Visibility fair, but poor early on.

    4 July 2017 - The Stepping Stones, Bait Reef
    Dived near the same spot as 2 years ago. Lots of damage from Cyclone Debbie, looks like some whole bommies have been overturned, but not sure. Some spots have little damage. Went S, saw a few large fish, but nothing special. A few nice nudibranches, one a beautiful okenia. A few nice gorgonias, some large sea whips. Lots of the hard green coral damaged. Back to anchor and then N. One anemone and clownfish. Back to anchor, some nice coral on reef top at 5 metres here. Not as good as it was 2 years ago. Visibility very good.

    5 July 2017 - The Stepping Stones, Bait Reef
    Moved a little more to the south for this dive, off the large bommie to SW of us. Strong current on surface, Used lots of air moving anchor. Went S, reef in much better condition. Saw a huge eel, some more anemones with clownfish and a few nudibranchs, Did safety stop on top of another bommie which was under T2. Very nice! A better dive than the previous one. Visibility very good.

    6 July 2017 - Inner Lagoon, Bait Reef
    Inner lagoon to W of the moorings. Can only get here when tide is high as have to cross over the reef. About 12 metres deep, a bit silty due to very fine sand, but still good. Went SE and then S. Lots of finger reefs of coral off main reef and some overhangs. Plenty of fish, but nothing huge. Saw lots of anemones but none had clownfish, One had six glass shrimp, excellent! A nice dive, but not right at the location we wanted to go to as hard to see into the rising sun. Visibility good.

    1 September 2017 - Little Pioneer Bay, Orpheus Island 
    Went for a dive alone as Kelly still sick. Anchored off point between Little Pioneer and Pioneer. Went S first and then back and NE. Lots of nice coral, hard and soft, plenty of large seawhips. Also saw a nice nudibranch, an anemone (no clownfish), a Moorish idol, parrotfish and butterflyfish. NIce dive. Visibility fair.

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    Michael on 01 May 2017 00:00 · Print
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