Feb

2

Date: 2nd February 2017

Conditions: Strong Onshore winds

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: 20c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: This is the third dive i’ve done at Wool Bay over the years and i hadn’t had much luck with finding Leafy Seadrgaons here. However, this place holds a certain charm over me and i think the prospect of seeing a Leafy Seadragon in such a tranquil place made me want to do another dive here. However, this evening was far from tranquil on land. A stiff onshore breeze really chopped up the surface yet the water still looked reasonably clear. So i braved the conditions and used the last of my near empty tank. After 20 minutes of not much and photographing the local Old Wives, sitting quietly in the weeds i came across a beautiful Leafy Seadragon. The late afternoon light being filtered through the jetty above and then the shallow water set up a dramatic and dream like encounter of this leafy. It had no fear of my presence and we both floated motionlessly above the shallow sun-drenched eel grass with no reason for either of us to change locations. I’d found my dream leafy! BUT..i was nearly out of air..like..empty! I had another tank with about 10-20bar remaining – that would give me another 10-15minutes…so i dashed back to the car and swapped tanks. I relocated it in the same position, and got a few more snaps. A great encounter..

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

Photos:

Jul

6

Conditions:

Visibility: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: After staying the night at Port Hughes, i convinced the other guys that it would be madness to be at the top of the Yorke Peninsula, and not have a crack at Leafy Seadragon. So we headed down the east side of the peninsula with first stop being Wool Bay. Conditions were great with light off shore winds and sunshine. The water was beautifully clear and the three of us spread out on our search for Leafy Seadragons amongst some of the nicest weed beds you’ll see. We searched for about 40mins with no luck, so decided to call the dive and head to Edithburgh instead.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes + YS-D1

Photos:

Jul

27

Dive Number: 62 16/07/2010 11.15 Wool Bay Jetty

Wind: 10 knot N’s

Tide: hr before 0.70 low tide at Port Giles

Conditions: The sun was shining and the water look immaculate. Still. clear and inviting.

Bottom Type: Large beds of seagrass with patches of various brown algaes. Small sand patches.

Visibilty: Beautifully clean…possibly 15m vis.

Water Temp: 12c

Bottom Time: 77 minutes

Max Depth: 3.1m

Air usage: 70bar/1000psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Wool Bay has the reputation of being THE place to see Leafy Seadragons. After seeing none on this dive i was very dissappointed, and even more so on hearing that apparently the resident Leafies were poached about 5 weeks ago.

Camera Details: Canon 17-40mm , single SS200 strobe

Dive Report: The main search was for Leafy Seadragons, and the amazing visibility was going to make for some great photo possibilities. The water was full of small shrimp which seadragons love, so i was hopeful some wouldn’t be far away. I snapped off some shots of the clouds of shrimp.

Unfortunately i didn’t come across any Leafies, but it was a great shallow dive anyway. Here’s a few shots of the terrain around and under the jetty.

Not a lot of fish around apart from a large school of juvenile Old wives.

A Bridled??Leatherjacket was pretty happy to stick around for some photos.

There were a lot of squid fisherman on the jetty and looked like they were having a good day. I saw at least two being caught from underwater. Here’s a sequence of one squid taking a live bait, but then getting greedy and falling prey to a looming jig.

A Mosiac Leatherjacket had the right idea stick close to the pylons away from the line of fire.

Not sure what this is..an urchin or something:

This crab blended in beautifully in the surrounding weed:

A bit of a record shot of some type of hulafish that i dont see over in victoria.