Dive Number: 50 19/06/2010 12.15 Beach 10B

Wind: 15-20 knot NW

Tide: 2 hrs 20mins after 0.44 low tide at the heads

Conditions: A pretty ordinary day…overcast, windy with touches of rain around as well. Swell was up, and the ocean fairly choppy.

Bottom Type: Rocky reef and legdes over sand base.

Visibilty: 3m

Water Temp: 12c

Bottom Time: 59 minutes

Max Depth: 8.2m

Air usage: 120bar/1700psi

SAC: 13.7 litres/min

Details: After filling my tank, i decided to check out cottage. It wasn’t looking the best and wasn’t the right tide for it, but i ended up heading in anyway. I headed in mid way along the ledge and planned to check out the westerly side where the tall legdes start to dissapate. However, i ended up just playing aound the ledges since the vis was bad and it was very surgey, so stayed around the protection of the reef.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm fisheye , single SS200 strobe.

Dive Report: I had the wide-angle on for this dive, but vis was nasty. I just tried to get some close up gorgonian shots.

I couldn’t resist trying a self-portrait…reg out! ;)

There seemed to be alot of recent growth of soft corals and sponges…good to see.

I hadn’t noticed this soft coral before.

This smooth ray was resting in one of the only sheltered areas… i took photos while it slept.

A biscuit star hung precariously on some red algea swaying in the current.

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