Nov

6

Date: 6th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 15c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: A bit quieter on the nudibranch front today at Pt Lonsdale. Still a few species to keep me busy.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm stacked, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Nov

4

Date: 4th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 15c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: A really good nudibranch snorkel at Point Lonsdale with the supermacro on. Caldukia Affinis, Doto Ostena, Polycera Janjukia, a couple of Hermaea sp. and a very cooperative Pycnogonid (sea spider).

Camera Details: Canon 60mm stacked, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

28

Date: 28th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: On this snorkel, i tried my stacked supermacro setup again, this time in the 100mm macro port with autofocus off and it set to maximum magnification. Despite a very tight working distance, it worked well with the smaller nudis. However, one of the first nudi’s i saw (possibly a Favorinus) was almost too big for this set up – probably a whopping 18mm! Other species around were Doto Pita, a Trinchesia Sp, and a Hermaea Sp in the smaller pool.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm stacked, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

23

Date: 23rd October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: As part of the new Portarlington Marina, a large break wall has been constructed on the eastern side of the marina, bordering a large section of shallow natural reef. A small road was constructed down the cliff face to aid construction of the breakwall, and this now allows easy access to this part of the coastline. After an easy beach entry, i sawm along the break wall and found this Elysia Nudibranch on the weed on the wall. Sea Lettuce has covered the rocks forming the the shallow parts of the break wall. There were also a number of Lions Mane jellyfish in the area. Unfortunately the milky conditions of the water made them difficult to photograph. I swam out to near the channel marker, which was only about 3m deep. Some interesting reef out there, but not many critters.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

21

Date: 21st October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: Back to Point Lonsdale, this time with a supermacro set up with stacked teleconverter and extension tube in a domeport. I left autofocus on, which made it difficult to achieve maximum magnification with a lot of hunting. in the pools were Doto Ostenta, Polycera Janjukia and Crimora multidigitalis.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm stacked, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

18


Date: 18th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: A dead low swell and stiff northerlies made the bluff look strangely calm, and surprisingly clear. The amount of sand on the shoreline made entry as simple as walking in, putting on fins and away we go. There were even a couple of guys throwing a tennis ball in the shallows…very weird for the usually high swell bluff. The down side of all the sand is much of the shallow reef structure is covered, including the wreck which only has the very top link of the anchor chain showing. So i explored to the west, out amongst the beautiful bull kelp gardens and through the crayweed. A Eagle way darted out of the sand as a approached, and always much too cunning for a photo. Nota great deal of fishlife around..the usual schools of zebrafish, leatherjackets and sweep. Always great to be back at this site when its diveable.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

15

Date: 15th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: Another nudibranch dive at Point Lonsdale. A few more around today…the usual Doto Ostena, a tiny Ilbia Iilbi, and one of the unidentified Polycera sp.2

Camera Details: Canon 100mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

15

Date: 15th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: Another forage around Portarlington Pier to see what goodies have been stirred up, with a few old bottles being found. Underneath the original pier is very dark now, and i couldn’t spot any nudibranch activity. The old reliable spot along the back wall turned up a couple of species; a Phyllodesmium Serratum and a Flabellina poenicia. Plus some type of egg cluster.

Camera Details: Canon 100mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

14

Date: 14th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: With southerlies blowing and higher low tides than usual at the heads, it was back to curlewis on a beautiful spring evening.

A cleaner shrimp and thornfish were happy subjects to be photographed. Again, i failed to turn up any different nudibranch species, but the usual Ceratosoma Brevicardum and Dendrodoris Nigra were around. A couple of Chitons on the rocks in the shallows, along with lots of sand anemones.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

7

Date: 7th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: After rekindling my interest for nudibranchs after reading Bob Burns book, i headed to the rockpools at Pt Lonsdale to see what was around. Apart from a Doto species, the only nudibranch i saw was this trinchesia sp.

A cleaner shrimp and thornfish were happy subjects to be photographed.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

7

Date: 7th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: The new Portarlington Marina is pretty much complete, and as part of the upgrade the existing pier has had a new concrete groyne wall constructed. This has had the affect of the currents scouring out a channel underneath it, revealing a section of seabed from about 20-30 years ago. Apart from the few vintage coke cans and old milk bottles it exposed, it also revealed stratified layers of scallop shells….layers 20 centimeters thick. My father always speaks of how the scallop dredgers destroyed outer Corio bay, and how prolific scallops were off the bellarine peninsula coastline. This was some pretty damning proof he was right. I suspect the dredging of the shipping channels is continuing to lay sediment over the ‘sand barrens’ that make up habitat to support scallop and other benthic communities.

Anyway, apart from the foraging around, i did find a couple of interesting subjects. A unusual colouration of a philinopsis nudibranch. (Philinopsis speciosa ???) And a live example of an Ascidian with the most amazing patterns on its ‘skin’, that i’d only found an dead example of before. If anyone know what this is, i’d love to know.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

4

Date: 4th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: During the week, i saw Robert Burn (aka Bob Burn aka Nudibranch expert extraordinaire) give a presentation to the Geelong Field Naturalists on Nudibranchs. Bob had some fascinating local anecdotes, and his stories about the discoveries he has made were inspiring, especially considering a vast majority of them where at Point Lonsdale.

I purchased his new “Nudibranchs and related molluscs” book which i studied the night i got home hoping to put some names to some of the nudibranchs i have photographed over the years.

In time, i will try to update my http://www.peterfuller.com.au/blog/nudibranch-gallery with any name updates i’ve found in his book.

I realised how long its been since i did a dedicated nudibranch snorkel, so i headed down to Curlewis to see what was around.

High numbers of Ceratosoma Brevicaudatum which are a regular/seasonal staple here. Plus a small green nudi,  tamanovalva babai but apart from that it was fairly quiet.

It was interesting to see a sand anemone capture and devour a polychaete worm, and watch it disappear into the sand.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Sep

20

Date: 20th September 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: During a work lunch break during the week, i noticed a large mumber of Lion Mane Jellyfish in the area around St Helens near Drumcondra, Geelong. So i grabbed the dive gear and jumped into a rather cloudy green Corio Bay to try to photograph some of them. I hoped a few nudibranchs would be found too, but it wasnt too be.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Sep

16

Date: 16th September 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: Apart from the large number of stingarees (as usual) there were a noticeable number of squid egg clusters.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Sep

10

Date: 10th September 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 15c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: It was nice to be back in the water at St Leonards despite the chilly water temperature (in a 5mm suit!) The water was nice and clear and the sun was shining. On the list of critters were a couple of Swimming Anemones, Biscuit Stars on the pylons, and the odd nudibranch. A few Cobblers seemed active for a daytime dive.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jun

2

Date: 2nd June 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 15c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: I went over to South channel Fort to get some aerial photos of it, and couldnt resist jumping in just before slack water for a dive. It was cold and dark, but nice to be in at a site i hadn’t dived for years.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jun

2

Date: 2nd June 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 15c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: Another spin around the bay looking for whales with no success. A quick dive at Portsea Pier was nice and clear, but not much going on. The usual aggregation of Globefish were under the L shaped junction of the pier.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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May

21

Date: 21st May 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 15c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: Whale Season was close, and some Orcas had been popping up along the coast. So with the flat conditions and low wind i couldnt resist going for a spin from the Ocean Grove boat ramp down towards Port Phillip Heads, to see what might rear its head from the water. No luck today, so i dropped in on “The Rooms” to see if any Port Jackson Sharks were around. No luck with those either, but you have to be in it to win it!

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Apr

17

Date: 17th April 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 16c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: Dive have been sparse for me this year, so after potting around the bay, taking topside photos, i dropped into Blairgowrie for a quick dive. Not much of note. I always enjoy seeing the happy faces of Globefish when they allow you to get close enough.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Mar

5

Date: 5th March 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 16c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: A macro dive at Popes eye. A few nudibranchs around and the usual suspects. I’m not sure i’ve noticed Yellow Zooanthids here before.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Mar

1

Date: 1st March 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 17c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth:

Details: An eerie fog hung over the bay and was filtering through the rip when i arrived at Point Lonsdale. I just potted around the shallows near the rock shelf and did some under overs and shot some thornfish sitting on the kelp.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Feb

28

Date: 28th February 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 17c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 22m

Details: This dive was at a different part of the Labyrinth..some structure to the west of the main area i usually dive. Not a heap around, but there were some really interesting deeper water sponges in this area. The purple hue in the first photo has to be seen to be believed…i think it would look great under UV on a night dive.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Feb

26

Date: 26th February 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 18c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 8m

Details: The spider crabs were gathering at blairgowrie again, but this time at the highly unseasonal time of late February. I dropped in for a quick look to see what type of behaviour they were engaged in at this time of the year. I noted one large crab, carrying in its claws a smaller pre-moult crab by the legs. I’m not sure what was going on here….foreplay? The larger aggregations of crabs were underneath the moorings, and creating a black out with the amount of sediment they were stirring up. I assume they were engaged in some type of feeding behaviour and clawing at the sand, but i didn’t venture into the zero vis to find out. The other oddity at Blairgowrie at the moment, is the almost grotesque sponge transplant operation that is underway. Since the replacement of parts of the jetty a group has attempted to reattach the sponge growth with bungee cord, making a bizaar display akin to a marine taxidermists workshop. A Gurnard Perch sat sadly beneath the display, clearly trying to recover from being tossed back after being caught from a fisherman.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Feb

26

Date: 26th February 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 18c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 8m

Details: I’d heard rumours that lots of Seahorses where being seen around Rye Pier. So i took the boat over in an attempt to get a few seahorse shots. The Pot-bellied Seahorse is that awkward size that is too big for a 60mm macro and too small to make shooting with a the tokina 10-17mm easy. So i decided to chuck a teleconveter on the tokina to make it a bit easier to light. This proved to be a pretty good combo and i could shoot lareg nudibranchs, the seahorses and even a large smooth ray. Other critters around where mosiac leatherjackets, hermit crabs and a squadron of calamari squid.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm + 2X, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Feb

22

Date: 22nh February 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 18c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: A quick splash just to get wet…surgey and bad vis..

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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