Feb

28

Date: 28th February 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 17c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 22m

Details: This dive was at a different part of the Labyrinth..some structure to the west of the main area i usually dive. Not a heap around, but there were some really interesting deeper water sponges in this area. The purple hue in the first photo has to be seen to be believed…i think it would look great under UV on a night dive.

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

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Feb

10

Date: 10th February 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: 20c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 16m

Details: An exploration dive off Collendina/Point Lonsdale. A Blue Grouper spotted along with the usual suspects, Blue Devils, Zooanthids etc. Nice, but probably not a site i’d be rushing back to.

Camera Details: Tokina 17-70mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jan

27

Date: 27th January 2017

Conditions: Southerlies

Visibilty: 4m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: This site is usually crystal clear vis, but today it was a hazy murky mess. A lot of dredging work for the new boat ramp has been happening lately, but i think this was storm water or something. Regardless, i had a quick dive and found an isolated stand of brown algae, that pipefish and leatherjackets called home. Aftyer a few pylon shots i called it quits early.

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

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Jan

22

Date: 22nd January 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: The Australian Fur Seals at Chinamans hat are always fun to play with. It was a busy day out there today, and i always prefer to dive this in winter when there’s less traffic around. However, it was a great day with nice vis on flood slack so i couldn’t resist. Plenty of action, with young pups darting past frantically, old cruisers passing by and lots of play between the teenagers. A swimmer crab took a journey mid-water and was lucky not to be crunched up by one inquisitive seal.

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

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Jan

16

Date: 16th January 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty: 7m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: I felt an urge to dive from the boat around Indented Heads/St Leonards…just for something different. I think other times i had been out this way was in winter, so summer could potentially turn up some more interesting life out here. I decided on Price George Light. A shallowish reef rising from about 5m up to about 1-2m. Its pretty typical of the rest of the reef in the area, with sponge gardens and ascidians on the rocks, and kelp and algae on the higher, more well lit parts of the reef. Fishlife wasn’t great, and i didn’t see any rays or jellies (which was my hope), but still a nice little dive.

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

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Dec

31


Date: 31st December 2016

Conditions: Southerlies picking up, surface chop.

Visibilty: 3m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 14m

Details: With choppy conditions on the surface, i decided to not take the boat too far away from the mouth of the Barwon. I decided on a random site off Collendia in about 14m of water. It was ok, but nothing to write home about. The usual suspects, Horseshoe Leatherjacket, Moonlighters, Magpie Perch and a Blue-lined Leatherjacket that always seems to pop up around these parts.

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

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Dec

24

Date: 24th December 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 7m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 20minutes

Max Depth: 8m

Details: One the way back from The Pinnacles, i popped into The Rooms to see if any Port Jackson Sharks or Wobbegongs were home. They must have been out and about today, so i only made this a short dive. A catshark was a good consolation, but it wasn’t a very photogenic one.

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

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Dec

24

Date: 24th December 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 16m

Details: Christmas was approaching and the weather gods were really turning it on. Low swell, low wind and good vis. I decided to head down to ‘The Pinnacles’ which is a shallowish site out from the Point Lonsdale Life saving club. This is a really lush area of reef, that has beautiful kelp gardens and a great array of marine life. Some dives you just can’t capture in images, actually, most dives, but this was a really enjoyable temperate reef blue water dive.

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

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Aug

7

Date: 7th August 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 45minutes

Max Depth: 22m

Details: A couple of Port Jackson Sharks hung out under a deep ledge at Ant Caves. One of them had a Clingfish on it, acting in a cleaner role. An Eastern Blue Devil staked its territory in the recesses of the overhang.

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

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Jul

31

Date: 31st July 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: Pretty average vis and high current at Popes Eye today. I just sat on the corner and took some fish portraits. The usual suspects were around. Victorian Scaly Fin, Boarfish, Six-spined Leatherjacket, Shaws Cowfish.

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

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Apr

25

Date: 25th April 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 23m

Details: Dark and fairly dirty water, yet always a great to be in at Magi Reef.

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

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Mar

17

Date: 17th March 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: In howling northerlies i looked for a site close to shore and choose an area that had schools of bait fish jumping out of the water. Underneath the vis was very cloudy and lots of surge. The structure also wasn’t very interesting, so all up this was a bit of a nothing of a dive. There were schools of salmon and bait fish on the ascent, but generally an uninteresting dive.

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

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Mar

12

Date: 3rd March 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 9m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 20minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: Far from perfect conditions for the Orungal today, but Deb has never dived it so we used up the rest our tanks here. Very surgey today

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

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Mar

12

Date: 3rd March 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 9m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 45minutes

Max Depth: 22m

Details: This was a site a bit west and north of the normal Labyrinth dive site. Once dropping in Phil, Deb and myself came straight across a very welcoming Cuttlefish. It became fixated with my gauges and followed me around allowing for some close up photos…as did Phil. We got a bit lost towards the end of the dive, but ended up surfacing right next to the boat.

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

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Mar

6

Date: 6th March 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: There is a marker stick out of Steeles Rocks that i thought marked a shallow reef, so i took the boat put and sounded around. Nothing came up so i ended up diving in close to shore…this dive could have been dived from shore, but it is difficult to access from shore. A cuttlefish was under a small ledge and was pretty much the first thing i saw. Not much else around, an Elysia nudibranch, and a few stingarees.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Mar

3

Date: 3rd March 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: On the way back to Barwon Heads after a great dive at the Pinnacles, i decided to check out whether “The Rooms” still contained some Port Jackson Sharks, which appeared to be residents of the area. Out of the whole coastline, some hooker divers just happened to be setup right next to The Rooms. I felt a bit awkward anchoring so close to them, but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. So straight into Room 1 and sure enough a couple of jackos under the ledges. Not as many as last time, but still nice to know they are around. One gave me a nice big smile and showed off its killer teeth. A few blue devils were around as well…one was fascinated by my bubbles which hung trapped underneath a ledge. The vis was fairly murky, which was a bit of a surprise since it wasn’t all that far from The Pinnacles which had 15m+.

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

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Mar

3

Date: 3rd March 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 14m

Details: This was an ocean site just out of Point Lonsdale that had a little bit of everything. Great fish life, flatworms swimmimg midwater, Port Jackson Sharks, Wobbegongs, Seadragons, Blue Devils, Sargeant Bakers and some nice structure to boot. The vis was also fantastic which always makes a difference. The only downside of this dive was a cheeky Horseshoe Leatherjacket that bit me on the finger!

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

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Feb

21

Date: 21st February 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: The forecast was for strengthing south easterlies, which put the plans off to head over to Blairgowrie due to the choppy conditions getting over. However, the forecasters got it wrong, and the wind dropped off to about 5 knots, making lovely conditions on the bay, so i thought i’d check out the seals on flood slack. The vis was pretty good, and the seals where in a very playful mood, at one stage two pups where jumping in and out of the water just above my head, but i couldn’t nail any photos of that. All up a pretty good dive, and just as i was getting some really close seal action, i ran out of memory…damn. That will teach me for not dumping my photos every dive.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Feb

2

Date: 2nd February 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m down to 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: Heading out from Barwon Heads, i felt like a bit of an explore and with the recent light plane crash off Collendina / Point Lonsdale, i thought it was best to stay away from that section of coast. Especially since one body was yet to be recovered…no one wants to see that! So off i went towards 13th Beach and Black Rock and sounded along the way. I decided on a piece of reef out from Black Rock that came up to 12m from a 20 metre base. On decent into blue warm-ish water, the vis quickly changed into a dirty green dropping to 17c in a significant thermocline at about 10m. The water movement was erratic and the fishlife seemed a little bit frenzied. I explored the overhangs with Blue Devils hanging around, a Sergeant Baker and a large Wobbegong shark tucked away under a fallen section of reef. An interesting sighting under a ledge was a Spinytail Leatherjacket??? A species i hadn’t seen before. Also around the top of the bommie was a Stars and Stripes Leatherjacket. The top of the bommie at 12metres and a nice section of yellow zooanthids that had the appearance of a horseshead with a kelp mane…hence the site got dubbed “Horsehead Reef”. This could be good site in better conditions.

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

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Jan

17

Date: 17th January 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 22m

Details: Not a lot of action at The Labyrinth today, but just a beautiful dive. A Stingaree was an unusual surprise at that depth. And a White-ear was another interesting sighting.

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

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Jan

9

Date: 9th January 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: Ordinary conditions at Popes Eye. The white-barred Boxfish put in another showing as well as a juvenile Western Blue Grouper. Another interesting sighting was a cod sitting in a gap in the rocks..possibly injured.

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

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Dec

30

Date: 30th December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: A fairly horrible dive at Popes eye today on ebb slack. Dirty green water with loads of current…so obviously not slack! I’d commented earlier on the lack of rays that hang around Popes Eye, however today there were three stingarees sheltering in the rock wall. It would be great if they came inside the eye on a crystal clear day!

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

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Dec

29

Date: 29th December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: The highlight on this dive at Popes Eye was the sighting of a White-Barred Boxfish (Anoplocapros lenticularis), also know as Humpback Boxfish, not a common sighting in Port Phillip Bay. In fact the only sighting i’ve had in Victoria was down at Portland. Their distribution has been pushing further east lately it seems with more sightings in Port Phillip and Western Port bay. Many authorities put their eastern most limits at Lorne, Victoria.

A couple of Nudibranchs and a close approach of a Southern Seacarp and Snook made this a good critter dive.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Dec

23

Date: 23rd December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 20m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: It was like Bourke st at Chinamans Hat today…charters and private boats everywhere. One seal seemed to be injured..postentially form a boat strike.

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

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Dec

23

Date: 23rd December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 20m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: Crystal Clear water and zero wind at Popes Eye today making for marvelous conditions for diving. I tried some under-overs at the start of the dive of the gannet colony and the light patterns on the sand. After decent, i went out the front of the eye to the sand bank which made for a change to the usual dive at Popes eye. On the corner a large school of Salmon swam overhead forcing a new perspective on a dive site i’ve done a number of times. Overall a great dive, and it really showed how conditions can make a dive site great.

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

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