14 November 2023 - Inscription Point
High tide and a bit of wave action, easy in, harder out. Surgy too, but not real bad. Mostly 20C but 19C on the sand. No sea dragons. Tried to take some time lapse video but somehow it reverted to normal video. WIll try again. Saw five PPH, including a new red one with huge belly up near upper sand area. Another smaller brown one with it. Three BBSH, the others saw the white BIA but I missed it due to videoing. The miamira is still on the same rock as last Thursday. Two other great species black spot jurunna (two of them) and Cadlinella ornatissima (yellow with pink tipped white cerata). The black BIA is still missing. Nice dive. Visibility fair.
19 November 2023 - Inscription Point
Huge seas on Friday so amazing that by yesterday it had dropped to enable diving yesterday. Today was even better apparently. Went in from lower rock. Lots of whale snot, especially shallower. Deeper it was 10-12 metres viz and blue, temp 21C for most of dive but dropped to 20C for the last quarter. Slight incoming current, high after noon. Lots of nudibranchs, only two sea dragons but four BBSH, two of which are new, E of Big Rock. Found a crested horn shark with an egg partially out. I grabbed the tendrils and it came out, so I put it in a hole. The miamira was on another rock next to where it has been for the past month. A bit surgier once we got above 15 metres or so. Dirtier closer in as well. A nice easy dive. Visibility good.
Went in off W point, easy, just needed to judge it as coming to low tide. Went W to NSDW and then back via 15MR. Viz was 7-8 m deeper and above 12 m was 4-5 m. Also warmer by 2C in shallower water (19C deeper). Quite a few nudis, could not find the white or gold PPH on 15MR but did find a smaller brown one. The upsidedown pipefish is still at SHC, has eggs, didn't have two weeks ago. Then to the white PPH on Block Rock and then to the brown BBSH and there is now a smaller yellow one as well. Then to the top of reef above Cave, a spindle cowrie. Much warmer here. Then back over wall to look for RIF and sea dragon, none seen. no PPH on OHR either. Then back to exit, Ron found two tiny pipefish, one near outboard and one near his exit. Very nice dive. Visibility fair.
23 November 2023 - Inscription Point
First dive with new close-up lens. Worked good once I got used to it. Southerly wind and SE swell. Quite calm and looked good from the surface but very dirty in the water and a fair bit of surge. Also at times lots of sand floating around, perhaps from the wharf construction. Water was warmer at 20C, two days ago it was 17C here. Looked for the baby sea dragons others saw here a few days ago but no luck. Two sea dragons with eggs, one with growth on them and the other mostly missing eggs. Saw five big belly sea horses as per Leap Dive on Sunday with the extra one being one seen for ages. Lots of nudibranchs, including Limacia ornata. Could not find the miamira nudibranch. A few large flounder/sole, three or four PPH, no anglerfish but saw a small pipefish. A nice dive despite the poor conditions. Visibility poor.
25 November 2023 - Pizza Reef
Club boat dive, Greg had to pull out as one diver got sick and since his son was coming too, they were down to just the two of them. Too rough to go to Osborne Shoals so did Pizza. Mostly smallish slop but every now and then some real big ones (2.6 m) came through, ENE. Dirty and warm on top but cleaner and colder (18C) on the bottom. Reasonable current from N. Anchored NE corner and had to move anchor to better spot, but problems with this after the dive! Lots of yellowtail and one-spot pullers on N side, bastard trumpeters near cave and also two large kingfish. Four donut nembrothas, three in front of cave. Others saw some N of anchor. A nice pygmy pipehorse and refound one of the tiny upsidedown pipefish we saw six weeks ago. Still the same size. Then back to the anchor. Did not have camera due to rough conditions, so no photos. Good dive. Visibility fair.
25 November 2023 - Pizza Reef
Could not get the anchor out, tried heaps of times but no go. Went down and found the chain was wrapped around the rock and the anchor had slipped into a corner where it would never have come out. Freed chain and then anchor and sent it up on lift bag. Did a bluewater ascent and Kelly picked me up. Eight minute dive with two minutes safety stop. Visibility fair.
26 November 2023 - Henry Head
Totally different conditions to yesterday, sunny most of the time, flat seas. Anchored right near the Admiralty anchor. Gary lost his TG-6 which fell out of the housing as it was not closed properly. Probably under boat, will look for it next time. Viz about 6-8 m but cold 17C. Went S with slight tide, just after high. Lots of sea spiders, I saw at least four. Many nudibranchs but did not see some that club members who dived here yesterday saw. A few schools of yellowtail, more nudibranchs, a tiny tiny yellow boxfish, no photo as it moved too quickly. A very nice dive. Visibility fair.
1 December 2023 - Inscription Point
First dive with my new Seatec wetsuit, got 8 years out of the last one. Cold 17C today and I was so much warmer than last weekend. A bit of wave action as nearing high tide. Quite surgy, especially above 10 m. The black BIA is back and we also found the grey one past Little Big Rock. Four BBSH, although did not find the second one on the split rock till coming back. Two sea dragons, both with remanents of eggs. Three PPH, all near each other past LBR. Came back shallower, the second sea dragon up here. A cuttlefish, lots of nudibranchs, plenty of other fish too. A really nice dive but the surge not so great. Visibility fair.
2 December 2023 - Barrens Hut/The Split
Much better seas than last weekend, but still a little sloppy. S wind but slight current from the N meant we hung facing the land with anchor back under the boat. Got to the bottom and found I had flooded my camera housing. Oring sticking out again! Luckily the camera and housing survived. Went up Split to N and then N again. Lots of changes here, at least a metre of sand missing. Looks so different with boulders that we previously only a metre out of sand, now over two metres and triple the size lengthwise. Even where the donuts are found has changed, rather than close to the sand it is standing high. None seen at all, even most purple ascidians are gone. Back along the sand edge, more changes and can swim through under the huge rock and main reef where fuel tank is. Has not been like this for at least 25 years. Then to Cave. Lost buddy here and had to come back to find him. Then to anchor and up. Buddy did not dump air so he dragged the crossover line to the surface and me with him! Went back down and did safety stop. Came up way too quick but luckily both okay. A nice but uninteresting dive. Visibility poor.
3 December 2023 - The Monuments
Club Xmas Party. About 16 divers I think. Millpond seas, dirty on top but colder 18C below, perhaps 4-5 metres. Drifted W in slight current. Two sea dragons, one yellow BBSH, one pink PPH, a few nice nudibranchs and flatworms and all the usual ones. Camera could not be used as fogged up as must be still damp in housing. Lots of moray eels, at least 8, one huge and two very small ones. A few cuttlefish and all the usual fish. A nice dive. Great party afterwards. Visibility poor.
5 December 2023 - Pizza Reef
Flat seas and little wind, slight current from N. Anchored N end of the gutter. Dirty to 20 m then cleaner, but on way back up cleaner from 12 metres. Still cold at 17C, but 21 on surface. Went to Cave, two donut nembrothas in front, lots of seapike and some bastard trumpeters. Second group saw a blue devilfish in the cave. Then down W side, another donut, then the tiny upsidedown pipefish, still no bigger. No donuts on the S end, lost Geoff here and refound him NE corner. Then out in front of main reef on N side, four more donuts. Then back to anchor and up. Nice dive. Visibility poor.
7 December 2023 - Bare Island Isolated Reef
Relatively flat seas but not the best visibility. Ranged from 5-7 metres in the shallows to 2-3 metres deeper with some 3-4 metres patches. Did Isolated Reef 1, no current despite outgoing tide. Water 18C deeper and 22C shallow. Found the elusive sea dragon, near STR. Also two pipefish near there too. A nice bright red PPH on OHR. No RIF. Some nice nudibranchs all over the place, but nothing exciting. The white PPH is still on BR (Block Rock) near SHC and yellow BBSH in same spot, but the brown one was missing. An boarfish near the Cave and a tiny yellow thingamajig (idiomysis) near the Outboard. Also quite a few small cuttlefish, a large sole, a large octopus, Was still a great 76 minute dive. Visibility very poor.
8 December 2023 - Barrens Hut/The Split
Double dive on Russ Jones' new boat. Went well. Anchored right at S end of The Split. Dirty to 20 m and then cleaner, much better than last Saturday, still cold at 17C but mostly 18C. Went up Split and then N, found one donut nembrotha. Back on the outside to Cave and through. Then back to anchor. Lots of one-spot pullers all over the place, bastard trumpeters, red morwong, blue morwong and a wobbegong. Good dive. Visibility good.
8 December 2023 - Reka 5
Reka dived in Phil's wetsuit as her drysuit flooded first dive. Amazingly it almost fitted her and she did not get too cold. Russ didn't have GPS for Pizza and we ended up here which is halfway between Maccas and Hungry Jacks. Went N and then back a bit shallower then back out deeper and then N again, found anchor a little shallower. Huge amount of fish. Yellowtail, one-spot pullers, silver sweep all over the reef. Saw a dozen blackfish or luderick go flying past too. Lots of purple ascidians and I saw a donut nembrotha but Reka saw four. A great dive. Visibility good.
9 December 2023 - Inscription Point
Did not get enough divers for the club boat dive to get any in my boat, so I organised a shore dive. A few waves coming in when we arrived but it was an easy entry and exit. Dirty above 10 m but only a little warmer at 19C. 17C on the bottom and 4-5 metres viz, outgoing tide. Black BIA not there, but found four of five BBSHs. Saw a total of 10 PPH, 6 on two rocks just past LBR and 4 more shallower on the way back. No grey BIA, two sea dragons, two small upsidedown pipefish that I first saw on 7 November. A couple of small cuttlefish, lots of nudibranchs, a nice dive. Visibility poor.
11 December 2023 - Inscription Point
My 200th dive with Ron Walsh. We did a great 92 minute dive this morning. Visibility was over 10 metres just after high but by the end of the dive had dropped to perhaps 5-7 m. Water temperature up significantly to 20C with occasional 19 patches. Five big belly sea horses, only three pygmies, no idea where the rest went, two upsidedown pipefish (same spot for over 6 weeks), one sea dragon and heaps of nudibranchs, including some rarer ones. Also saw the white BIA but the black one is still missing. Some small cuttlefish and at the end 10 smallish squid. Very good dive. Visibility good.
12 December 2023 - Bare Island Right
Just after high tide. Cleaner shallow than deep, 3-4 metres viz, but a hoard of jellyfish cut to a metre in spots. A strongish outgoing current from Cave on. Went normal way, no PPH, no RIF and did not find the sea dragon, although earlier divers saw. Only the yellow BBSH and not many nudibranchs. A couple of small schools of kingfish near Cave and a dozen small squid here too. A couple of fine-lined tambjas on OHR. Just an average dive. Visibility very poor.
15 December 2023 - The Leap
Drift dive from The Leap to Inscription Point. Way before high tide but no current whatsoever on the bottom, so had to swim all the way. Some surge. Visibility started okay at perhaps 10 metres but with whale snot. Cold 16-17C depending on which computer you trust. Visibility got less the closer we got to the exit. No sea dragons at all, but saw the yellow painted anglerfish for the first time in 6 or so weeks. Three sea horses, one Bare Island anglerfish but no pygmies. Also saw the large miamira nudibranch. A bit rushed due to no current and one buddy (long time no-see buddy now living in Queensland) getting low on air. A little trouble exiting due to the high tide. Finding the painted anglerfish made what was till then a boring dive, quite good. Visibility fair overall.
16 December 2023 - Middle Ground
Smooth seas but a 12 second period, so did not dive planned site of Osborne Shoals. Anchored on N side, NW wind and current from SE, but wind dropped when we ascended. Cold 17C again! Dirty on top but not too bad on the bottom. Went around, huge numbers of yellowtail for the first half of the dive. A large wobbegong, one small upsidedown pipefish on SE corner, not the same one we saw last dive here. Back to anchor. On top of the reef here there were dozens of swimming anemones on sea whips. A reasonable dive. Port engine mucked up on way back, but then ran. Visibility fair.
19 December 2023 - Bare Island Deep Wall
19 December 2023 - Bare Island Right
My 200th dive of the year, first time in 36 years I have achieved this!! Went in from before Carol's Plaque as high tide. Went down to RIF to show the others who missed first dive. Then to OHR to show them the PPH and fine-lined tambja. Then to look for the tiny orange painted anglerfish. Mandy found it, about 10 mm long. Then to BBSH, still only the dark brown one. To Block Rock again and then back via the anglerfish and the main wall. Mandy found a interesting yellow nudibranch near RIF, not sure I have seen before. Then back looking for sea dragon (also on the way out) but not seen. Another good dive. Visibility fair.
23 December 2023 - Inscription Point
Blue water at entry point but very dirty on sand line, about 3 m, but a little better above the rocks. However, 21C water. Large bullray as we descended. Outgoing tide and a bit of surge, went almost to Big Rock. Lots of divers, but only two others seen underwater. Saw four BBSH, three PPH, no sea dragons, but Kyle saw four. One upsidedown pipefish, a large wobbegong shark and an epulet shark. Also a juvenile horned shark and a large fiddler-ray. The white BIA is still in the same spot. Did not get far enough to see the yellow painted anglerfish. Only an average dive. Visibility mostly very poor but poor in 10-12 metre range.
27 December 2023 - Bare Island Right
Arranged a club dive, six divers. High tide and a bit of swell and very strong S winds, the wind was not predicted and the swell was supposed to be less. Very rough in open ocean and some swells coming under bridge. Went in at Boat Ramp and then headed normal way, mostly 20C with one patch of 19. Visibility 8-10 metres deeper. No sea dragon, the RIF is gone from where it was last week. Could not find the PPH on OHRs either. Then to look for the tiny orange painted anglerfish, no good. Then to sea horses, only the dark brown one as per last week. Then to Block Rock where at least the white PPH is still there. Could not find the gold one though. Just after here, one buddy came to me and said was having problems getting air. It was dark due to heavy overcast so when he showed me his SPG (which showed 75 bar), I did not notice that when he took a breath it fluctuated. I gave him my ocky and we all then headed back to exit with him breathing from my tank (hence a very high air consumption for the dive of 15 l/min compared to normal 10.x l/min. Easily made it back. We surfaced at exit and he told me what had happened, sure enough, his tank was only just turned on. Exit was difficult but not too bad. Not a great dive. Visibility fair.
28 December 2023 - Bare Island 15 Metre Reef
Sunny for once and swell and wind way down. Still highish tide but easy in and out. Minimum of 21C! Visibility only 4-5 m at most, a lot down on yesterday. Still not many divers here, although the usual early suspects were and a dive shop later. Went in past Carol's Plaque and did normal route then across to 15 MR and down it and back to main reef. Followed back to exit. Ahmad headed back early from SHR as he was hitting his head on his regs, fixed up and did a dive by himself. Same as yesterday in relation to missing creatures. No upsidedown pipefish either, but a couple of large flathead, a large cuttlefish near Cave. A few interesting nudibranchs, including punk nudi and the pink Ceratosoma brevicau. Very relaxing simple dive. Visibility poor.
29 December 2023 - Inscription Point
Lots of divers here, we were the first in I think. Swam into the very slight incoming tide. Blue water and got to 15, maybe even 18 metres visibility out the end. Saw two sea dragons, one with eggs. Saw four BBSH, the white BIA, lots of nudibranchs, but no PPHs at all, despite searching everywhere. Did not see the upsidedown pipefish, but there was a small pipefish in there. Came back shallower as normal. A few cuttlefish too, some in mating dance. So many divers passed us as we headed back. Visibility very good.
30 December 2023 - Inscription Point
Carpark was pretty full, with most already in the water. Different to yesterday when we were the first in (arrived at the same time). Swam into the incoming tide, strong for first five minutes then much less. Blue water again and got to 18, maybe even 20 metres visibility out the end, but a cold 18C again. Earlier divers reported less viz. Saw four sea dragons, two with eggs, one brand new. Saw four BBSH, the white BIA, lots of nudibranchs, but again, no PPHs at all, despite searching everywhere. Did not see the upsidedown pipefish, but there was the small pipefish in there. Came back shallower as normal. A few cuttlefish too and some moray eels, one tiny. So many divers passed us as we headed out, opposite to yesterday. Saw none after that. A very good dive. Visibility very good.
31 December 2023 - Inscription Point
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