Feb

26

Date: 26th February 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 18c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 8m

Details: The spider crabs were gathering at blairgowrie again, but this time at the highly unseasonal time of late February. I dropped in for a quick look to see what type of behaviour they were engaged in at this time of the year. I noted one large crab, carrying in its claws a smaller pre-moult crab by the legs. I’m not sure what was going on here….foreplay? The larger aggregations of crabs were underneath the moorings, and creating a black out with the amount of sediment they were stirring up. I assume they were engaged in some type of feeding behaviour and clawing at the sand, but i didn’t venture into the zero vis to find out. The other oddity at Blairgowrie at the moment, is the almost grotesque sponge transplant operation that is underway. Since the replacement of parts of the jetty a group has attempted to reattach the sponge growth with bungee cord, making a bizaar display akin to a marine taxidermists workshop. A Gurnard Perch sat sadly beneath the display, clearly trying to recover from being tossed back after being caught from a fisherman.

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

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Oct

13

Date: 14th October 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: It was good to see that Blairgowrie Pier seems to be on the improve after the recent extension works.Lots of nudibranchs around today.

Camera Details: Canon 100mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jun

19

Date: 19th June 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 7m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 90minutes

Max Depth: 10m

Details: The Spider Crab migration was on again for another year, and this time the aggregation was forming at Blairgowrie Pier to moult in the safety of numbers. A film crew was there setting up a dolly and videography equipment, plus a couple of charters dropped in while i was there. It certainly is getting more popular, despite happening mid-winter. I didnt see the numbers id seen previous years, but towards the end of the dive a large gathering started in the shallows besides the pier. Earlier in the dive i went out to the deep water in the channel and their were scattered numbers out there as well.

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: 70minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: After running out of memory at the seals, i had to go through my shots and make some space so i could head to Blairgowrie as planned. I realised one of my strobes was out of batteries and the second was getting close, so a big dive plan fail for me today. I went out to Blairgowrie regardless and checked out the new marina section which was fairly barren. It was only when i got to the end of the old marina section that i started to see more interesting stuff. My strobe was out of batteries after a few shots anyway, so it was a relaxed dive just exploring.

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: 60minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: Blairgowrie Marina seemed really quiet today…i could even say severely impacted by the new works, but its had its quiet days in the past too. The usual nudibranch suspects around.,a Sparsely-spotted ray and a globefish munching on a surf crab.

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

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Dec

8

Date: 8th December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: Blairgowrie Pier has changed substantially with the new marina extension. Large mats have been placed beneath the original sections of the wall in an attempt to bring the seafloor up to the bottom of the walls. This has added a lot of sand and changed the currents through the marina. Time will tell how this affects marine life. Today, it was generally very quiet critter wise but i did see one species of nudibranch that i’d never seen before.

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

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Jul

19

Conditions:

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: Headed to Blairgowrie Pier in search for Tasselled Anglerfish. We were lucky to see one of these weird and wonderful critters on a pylon. I spent most of the time trying to nail some good shots of it.

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

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Jun

13

Conditions:

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: The annual Spider Crab aggregation/migration was happening again this year, but this time at Blairgowrie as opposed to Rye. It wasn’t in full swing the day me and Chris went over this time, but it was good to see a different aspect. The most interesting observation i made this time around was a crab with a sponge on its head. It showed to me that this guy was pretty fresh from wandering in from one of the deep water channels around port phillip bay.

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

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Mar

7

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: Fairly quiet at Blairgowrie Pier today.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes

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Feb

16

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: While looking for Tassled Anglers on the pylons, i spotted a large Johnstons Weedfish. Sophie found it fun to watch me playing ring-a-ring-a-rosie with the weedfish as i chased it around the pylon.

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

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Dec

24

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: A nice dive at Blairgowrie. Highlight being a Pale Octopus hiding in a tin can.

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

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Nov

30

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 7m

Details: As always, an excellent dive at Blairgowrie, with both Tasselled Anglers and Velvetfish hanging off the pylons. Seahorse, nudis, ringed pipefish…etc.

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

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May

24

Dive Number: 581 24/05/2014 Blairgowrie Pier

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: A very quiet day at Blairgowrie, with a noticeable lack of nudis.

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

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Feb

2

Dive Number: 548 02/02/2014 Blairgowrie Marina

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 7m

Details: A less than impressive dive at Blairgowrie, always something to photograph though!

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

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Dec

30

Dive Number: 537 30/12/2013 Blairgowrie Marina

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: I tried some new strobe positionings on this dive at Blairgowrie and was impressed by some of the results. Blairgowrie rarely has a shortage of subjects.

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

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Dec

15

Dive Number: 527 15/12/2013 Blairgowrie Pier

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details:

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

Photos: A nice dive as always at Blairgowrie. On the way over i stopped at Popes Eye to photograph some Gannets in flight.

Nov

23

Dive Number: 516 23/11/2013 Blairgowrie Marina

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: A great dive at blairgowrie. Loads of nudi’s around (inc two different species riding on a hermit crab) and my first ever sighting of a Common Shore Eel.

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

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Jun

8

Dive Number: 475 08/06/2013 Blairgowrie Pier

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: While my strobe was away being fixed, I decided to try my hand at video which I may upload in the future. Most dives in April and May will be video with the occasional ambient light/torch light photo. Dive 479 is my first dive back with the camera.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm I-Torch 4

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Apr

13

Dive Number: 463 13/04/2013 Blairgowrie Pier

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: I bought a new torch – iTorch 4, so thought i’d try some video with the 7D. I’m not going to post vids here, but I did use the torch to take a couple of pix. Here’s a Tassled Angler by torchlight.

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

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Jan

4

Dive Number: 425 04/01/2012 Blairgowrie Pier

Conditions: ??

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 8m

Details:

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

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Sep

16

Dive Number: 355 16/09/12 16.53, Blairgowrie Pier

Wind: Light

Tide: Ebb

Conditions: A bit of current, but clear water

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: 12.4c

Bottom Time: 45minutes

Max Depth: 5.5m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Testing the new YS-D1 Strobes for macro..second dive. Time was the enemy as i was running short of light to safely get back to queenscliff in the boat.

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

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Sep

16

Dive Number: 354 16/09/12 15.49, Blairgowrie Pier

Wind: Light

Tide: Ebb

Conditions: A bit of current, but clear water

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: 12.4c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 3.6m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Testing the new YS-D1 Strobes for macro..dual strobe macro is tough!

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

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Sep

9

Dive Number: 349 09/09/12 11.22, Blairgowrie Pier

Wind: Light

Tide: ???

Conditions: Nice

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: 11.6c

Bottom Time: 59minutes

Max Depth: 5.0m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Chris finally got a new drysuit, so i convinced him Blairgowrie was a good spot to test it out…then we could find some Tasselled Anglers which he keeps on missing out on. We found two and heaps of nudi’s around too as usual.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, SS200 Strobe

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Aug

19

Dive Number: 343 19/08/12 ??.??, Blairgowrie Pier

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions: ???

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: 10.8c

Bottom Time: 86minutes

Max Depth: 5.0m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details:

Camera Details: Canon 60mm , SS200 Strobe

Photos: I’ve been reading up on the muck dive sites of south east asia, and its been inspiring me to reconsider all port phillip bay’s muck sites. Blairgowrie is becoming renowned as a worldclass muck dive, and on a good day you can really see why. Todays dive produced a couple of tassled anglers, a velvet fish, pygmy squid, and the usual handful of nudi species. A big smooth ray was also patrolling the area, When you think of all the critters that can be seen here that are on many divers wish-list, it really deserves it reputation.

Jul

21

Dive Number: 332 22/07/12 11.40, Blairgowrie Pier

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions: Some current

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: 11.2c

Bottom Time: 63minutes

Max Depth: 5.3m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: I took the wide-angle over to Blairgowrie this time, to get some situational shots of the Tasselled Angler, rather than macro portraits. Luckily there were a couple of obliging subjects.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes

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