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.