My Recent Dives - July, August, September 2022
Posted by Michael on 01 July 2022 00:00

No dives in July


5 August 2022 - Bare Island 15 Metre Reef 

First dive for over 5 weeks due to rain and also camping trip. Went in at Carol's Plaque. It was also totally covered in green algae, could not read at all. Cleaned a little with my boot. Need to fix it next time. Was supposed to go via Shortcut but I missed it as adjusting my neck seal as leaking. Ended up going to SHC and then SW to end of 15 Metre Reef. Back normal way. Lots of yellowtail near SHC and a blue devilfish in the cave. Plenty of nudibranchs, opera house, purple dragons, red flabellinas and all the normal ones. Lots of PJs, two upsidedown pipefish (UDP) and very friendly blue groper. Huge amounts of sand has disappeared, some timber an metal pieces visible that I have never seen in 34 years. Back towards exit a huge wobbegong shark, 2 metres. Very slippery exit at ramp. Very nice dive. Visibility fair.

 

6 August 2022 - The Balcony

Club boat dive, three boats and 12 divers. First time here for over three years, finally had flat seas. Little wind too. Went N and then to The Balcony, huge numbers of ladder-finned pomfrets there and to the S in shallow area. Some PJs, a few nudibranchs, a few small boxfish. Nice dive. Visibility good.


7 August 2022 - M & K Reef

Forecast similar to today but swell much bigger and seas choppier. Was going to Shark Point but too rough to go that far. Slight current from N down to about 10 metres. Similar viz to yesterday, about 10 to 12 m. Anchored on top of wall, dropped anchor to bottom in front of cave. A blue devilfish in cave, then around to back. Gary found a yellow knuckled sea spider here. Back to anchor and then S. Back again to anchor, another sea spider. Nice dive. Visibility good.


11 August 2022 - Bare Island 15 Metre Reef 

Last minute dive to farewell Gary from Australia before he moves to Canada. A bit of swell still running but no wind. Water very cold on top and shallow section reasonable viz. However, below 7 metres awful, 2 metres most of the way and some spots of a metre. Quite surgy, stirring up the silt. Went along reef edge. Kim found a tiny orange anglerfish last Sunday and I refound it. Near SHR. Went down to cave and then to 15 Metre Reef. Lost the others there and came back my myself, they were already out. A few nudibranchs, the two upsidedown pipefish, a starfish shrimp and that is about all. Still did 71 minutes, but a poor dive. Visibility very poor.


14 August 2022 - Shark Island

Good seas and not much wind, ran up at 22 kts. Slight current on top but a bit stronger on bottom. Cross-over line was caught on a knot on anchor line, had to go and fix it up. Went N for 18 mins and back in about 10 mins. Then S a little and back to anchor. Not much seen, a few nudibranchs, a blue groper or two, that's about it. Average dive. Visibility poor.


14 August 2022 - Magic Point

Second dive using same tank. Anchored 15 m S of main cave. One GNS in this cave and a diver from URG!!!! Should not have been in there. Then to SE cave, four GNS in there and one more out a little deeper. Back to main cave and then up. Much better than first dive, made up for that one. Very windy when we surfaced. Visibility poor.


18 August 2022 - Inscription Point

Overcast and incoming tide just after low tide. Water 16.4C, tide was reasonably strong. Went very slow so did not go far. Two huge bullrays, 10 PPH, no sea dragons, one big belly sea horse, a few nudibranchs and one Bare Island anglerfish. Lots of the invasive weed around, more than last time. A really good dive. Visibility fair.


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