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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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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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

Photos: NO PHOTOS

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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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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Dec

22

Date: 22nd December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details:

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

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Dec

5

Date: 5th December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: A pristine day on the bay was spent with the Seal Colony at Chinamans Hat. The seals were very playful and there were lots in the water. Great vis on the flood slack.

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

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Oct

24

Date: 24th October 2015

Conditions: Great

Visibilty: 20m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 23m

Details: A great dive on Boarfish reef with excellent visibility. The conditions were near perfect with little current to contend with. We found some very colourful overhangs and sponge gardens. Lots of fish but not many other critters around apart from a Banjo Shark. Lots of Blue Devils around as usual.

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

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Oct

2

Date: 2nd October 2015

Conditions: Fast Current

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: Surprisingly, Popes was as dirty as i’d ever seen it. Probably due to the high current carving sand and weed off the wall and banks and creating little eddy tornado of muck. A seal came in for a close look at why a human was diving these conditions. Not a great days diving..

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

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Aug

14

Conditions:

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: A lovely day on the bay with dolphins, seals, gannets and a couple of divers all enjoying the silky surface of port phillip bay. The seals were going bezerk at Chinamans Hat. Dolphins were rising the bows of ships, and a Blue-throated Wrasse showed my why it was named as such.

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

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Jun

13

Conditions:

Visibility: 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 45minutes

Max Depth: 30m

Details: Dive Vic advertised a dive heading to Spec Reef, but as usual it was cancelled due to shipping and it was off to Rip Bank instead. I’m not a huge fan of Ripbank..its a wall dive, but it seems very exposed and fairly barren. Conditions were pretty ordinary with murky green 5m vis. The highlight was a nice arch in about 18m.

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

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Dec

22

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: A quick splash with the Australian Fur Seals at Chinamans Hat on the way back across the bay.

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

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Nov

9

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: On the way back from portsea, we stopped off for a quick dive to see if we could spot any Warty Prowfish at Popes Eye which were apparently also showing well this time of year. No luck, but a couple of Gurnard Perch allowed me to hassle them for a while.

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

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Sep

21

Conditions:

Visibilty: 12m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: I rarely get out the 17-40mm Canon lens, but i decided it might be a good lens for some fish portraits, so i took it to popes eye to test it out. It performed fairly well, but only because the visiblity was reasonable. Otherwise it doesn’t really allow you to get close enough to get good colour and sharpness.

Camera Details: Canon 17-40mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Aug

4

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: Conditions were much nicer topside than underwater at Popes today, so the telephoto lens came out to snap some Gannet photos. A cuttlefish was still a good underwater subject, and a blubber jelly floated inside the annulus. Chris wanted to play with the Seals at Chinamans Hat but the Seals mustn’t of liked the look of his new camera, and he came out with a seal phobia after a few aggressive barks in his face. It made me glad i stayed topside.

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

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Jul

20

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 28m

Details: Dive Vic had a Spec Reef charter advertised, and i’ve been keen to check out this site since i started diving. However when i arrived i heard the bad news…cancelled due to shipping. Instead we went to Spot G. A nice spot on the Lonsdale wall.

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

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Mar

30

Dive Number: 570 30/03/2014 Popes Eye

Conditions: Perfect

Visibilty: 20m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: Lovely visibility at Popes Eye. We dived the southern side and had a very tame cuttlefish allowing me to stroke it on the head…itonly batted an eye lid to show how much it was enjoying the treatment. Loads of fish around as usual.

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

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Feb

23

Dive Number: 556 23/02/2014 Bell Reef off Shortlands Bluff

Conditions: Green and horrible

Visibilty: 4m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: This was a slack dive off Shortlands Bluff. The visibility was horrible, but the murky green water gave a certain sense of atmosphere that made it a fun dive still.

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

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Feb

8

Dive Number: 550 08/02/2014 Ripbank – The Rip

Conditions:

Visibilty: 20m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 30m

Details: I keep on jumping on Divevic boats destined for Spec Reef, but shipping always changes the plans. The dive was diverted to Ripbank this time and i buddied up with a French Bloke who was chasing crays. The dive got off to a bad start when we dropped in over the deep water, and with great vis and no sign of the wall at 20+ metres we decided to surface, reboard the boat and drop in again. Good option, straight onto the wall this time. Ripbank is a fairly exposed part of the wall receiving the full brunt of ebb tide. So the sponge growth doesnt seem as prolific as the sites running paralell with the flow. A good sight to keep your eye on the blue though with rumours of shark activity in the area.

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

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Dec

31

Dive Number: 538 31/12/2013 Tourch Reef

Conditions:

Visibilty: 15m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: Tourch Reef is a slack dive in Port Phillip Heads back towards Shortlands Bluff. Although not dramatic like the wall, the colours and sponges in this area are brilliant. It was a great photography dive…Check out the photo of the blue devil..see the tiny baby blue devil to the right? The tide really rips through this area and we travelled a fair way on the safety stop, but the skipper had keen eyes (and a sweaty brow) so we survived the pickup..thanks Dad!

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

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