May

29

Conditions:

Visibility: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: This was Dive Number 1 of a trip to the East coast of Tasmania with Phil, Deb and Hui. The forecast was for wild SW winds and swells and i was expecting diving to be put on hold. However, the coast around Eaglehawk neck is protected from south westerly swell and with some of the largest sea cliffs in Australia, there is always a sheltered place to tuck into in one of the bights and bays. Our first stop was the Giant Kelp Forests of Munro Bight. Kelp Forests (Macrocystis pyrifera) used to be a feature of many coastal areas of Eastern Tasmania, but now only few remain. The one in Munro Bight has apparently made a bit of a comeback and this was one of the dives we were looking forward to. We arrived at the bight after a spectacular, albeit bumpy, ride down south from the boat ramp. This is the same bay were the SS Nord lies, which was going to be our second dive. We eaglery got in and explored the magnificent kelp forest. Fish life was down and the overcast conditions made it fairly dark, however blue water and moments of sun peaking through the canopy made some memorable diving.

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

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