Dive Number: 122 03/01/11 14.17  Steeles Rocks – Portarlington

Wind:   10-15knot  S E’s.

Tide: 0.5hrs after 0.89 high tide at Geelong.

Conditions:   Strangely devoid of fishing boats and jetskis. Small chop and surge but generally good vis.

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: 20c

Bottom Time: 108 minutes

Max Depth: 3.6m

Air usage: 140bar/2000psi ????

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: I have a soft spot for steeles rocks…probably because i did a lot of snorkelling here before i started diving and it spun me out what was in the bay. I decided to go on a bit of an explore and found some really nice shallow reefs covered in sponges and ascidians. If there wasn’t so much sediment stirred up by passing boats, and it didn’t cover the marine growth here, it would be an amazing dive site asthetically. Unfortanately alot of the weed is covered in brown muck, but there is some great textures and colours still exposed. I tried to photograph some of these. Also found a new threefin species i’d never seen before. Apparently more common over the other side of the bay.  Its called a Common Threefin –  Trinofolkia clarkei.

Camera Details: Canon  100mm , single SS200 strobes

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