Date: 2nd February 2017
Conditions: Strong Onshore winds
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