Mar

5

Date: 5th March 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 16c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: A macro dive at Popes eye. A few nudibranchs around and the usual suspects. I’m not sure i’ve noticed Yellow Zooanthids here before.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 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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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: 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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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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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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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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Sep

8

Dive Number: 495 08/09/2013 Popes Eye

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: Second dive for the day at Popes. Not much happening…the usual wrasse and leatherjackets.

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

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Jul

9

Dive Number: 481 09/07/2013 Popes Eye

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: A very fishy dive at Popes.

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

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Feb

23

Dive Number: 442 23/02/2013 Popes Eye

Conditions: ??

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: Nice fishy dive at Popes. Plus a cuttlefish.

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

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Feb

9

Dive Number: 437 09/02/2013 Popes Eye

Conditions: ??

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 55minutes

Max Depth: 12m

Details: A nice dive at Popes with great vis. Kerry pointed out a sea mouse..a creature i had no idea existed. Lots of fish as usual.

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

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Sep

15

Dive Number: 353 15/09/12 16.02, Popes Eye

Wind: Light

Tide: Ebb

Conditions: Calm surface, but strong ebbing tide

Visibilty: 7m

Water Temp: 12.4c

Bottom Time: 55minutes

Max Depth: 10.0m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Second dive at Popes. I usually find Popes abit ho-hum, but i really enjoyed this dive. Spent lots of time hassling a cuttlefish. There’s always plenty of fish at Pope’s..even in winter.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-70mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Mar

25

Dive Number: 283 25/03/12 13.30, Popes Eye

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: 17c

Bottom Time: 53minutes

Max Depth: 11.3m

Air usage: 170bar/2500psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: We headed to Popes Eye for the second dive, and Harry came for a dive after skippering the Kelp Beds Reef dive. We found an old bottle which was pretty interesting..must be from the William Salthouse.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes

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Feb

25

Snorkel at Popes Eye 25/02/2012 13.30

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions: ???

Visibilty: m

Water Temp: 20c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 2m

Details: After the torpedo reef dive we popped over to popes eye just to chill out. I tried some under over shots of the gannets.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, SS200 Strobes

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Jan

6

Dive Number: 247 06/01/12 13.45, Popes Eye

Wind: ???

Tide: Ebbing

Conditions: Strong Current

Visibilty: 10m+

Water Temp: 20.0c

Bottom Time: 42minutes

Max Depth: 10.7m

Air usage: 170bar/2500psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Second dive at Popes Eye. A nice day to get some shots of the Admiralty anchor.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS400/SS200 Strobes

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Nov

25

Dive Number: 220 25/11/11 14.34, Popes Eye

Wind: 10knot northerly

Tide: Ebbing

Conditions: Great day at the surface but strong currents.

Visibilty: 10m+

Water Temp: 18.4c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 14m

Details: I decided to check out the western side of the annulus and came across the admiralty anchor. Trying to get back around the front of the wall after finishing the dive was near impossible. I felt like a cartoon character clinging to the rocks face first into the current with my legs trailing behind me. The currents got to be respected here, and always a good idea to have boat pickups available.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS400/SS200 Strobes

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