Mar

3

Dive Number: 562 03/03/2014 Dalmeny Boat Ramp

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 13m

Details: This second dive we went out through the gully and then headed right(east) towards the southern point. As the water got deeper, the colours and vegetation got more prolific and there were some really beautiful little gullies and crevices covered in gorgonians, sponges and ascidians. We spotted a couple Port Jackson sharks, a few different species of rays and a Boarfish was a bit of a surprise. Towards the end of the dive, literally thousands of mados and sweep hovered above a bommie. The water column was thick with fish and it was truly incredible to swim through so many fish. This was a really great dive. On the way in i finally managed a decent pick of the elusive Eagle Rays in the area. My dive buddy ended up diving the northern point later in the day and said that was really good too.

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

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Mar

3

Dive Number: 561 03/03/2014 Dalmeny Boat Ramp

Conditions: Perfect

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: After discussing some of the shore diving options with some divers on the Montague Island Charter, we arranged to meet up at Dalmeny the following day. The entry point was at the boat ramp, which is a reasonably protected little cove.

Dalmeny Boat Ramp

A gully runs in between the reef and large rays come up to the boatramp to get a free feed. As well as large Smooth Rays, the area has a fair few Eagle rays and smaller stingarees. On the journey out through the gully the idea was to head out to the left to a deeper section where grey-nurse sharks can turn up. Plans changed quickly with a loud bang and a thump on the back of my head. My eyes went wide and i anxiously looked around..i thought i’d just been the target of a white shark. After settling down i quickly realised that my high pressure hose had blown out up at the first stage. Wow it packed a punch. We surfaced and my dive buddy turned off my air and i went back to shore, him continuing on. I’m glad this happened on a shore dive and not at 20m! I changed my hose (luckily i had a spare) and headed back out. I stayed closer to the shallower reef, and the surge was pretty annoying. Some nice purple growth on the rocks and lush kelp towards the point out to the left. But dive two at Dalmeny was much better…

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

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