Feb

9

Date: 9th February 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: Night Dive

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 2m

Details: A very low tide tonight and Clifton Springs was a foolish choice for this reason, so this was more a snorkel than a dive. Despite the depth there was plenty going on within the hincksia-bloom covered seagrass. Dumpling squids sat atop the seagrass fronds, and journey’d midwater admist the misid shrimp and polyceate worms in the water column. A flatworm fluttered away midwater, and then landed on a pylon. Near one of the fallen pylons a Cardinal fish carried eggs in its mouth, and a Dendrodoris Nigra Nudibranch rested near its own egg spiral. A pipefish was loving all the prey that my light was attracting and used it to pick off critters. I had some battery issue with my light, so unfortunately i had to use my strobe light for focusing (which never works out well) so when i spotted two Short-headed seahorses together on a pylon, i was disappointed not to be able to light them properly. I decided to cut the dive short and on the way in there were a couple of cobblers and giant globefish in the shallows. It was a lovely night to take in the channel lights and the starry skies over port phillip bay.

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

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Jun

1

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: First day of winter and i thought i better test out the drysuit. A Jellyfish kept me occupied.

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

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Dec

15

Dive Number: 227 15/12/11 18.37, Clifton Springs

Wind: ????

Tide: ???

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ???

Bottom Time: 58minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Air usage: 170bar/2500psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Found a strange egg cluster, and a very interesting anemone. It was a tree-like anemone which had 8 branching arms that captured passing nutrients. One by one, the anemone would plunge each arm into its mouth and scrape the nutrients off its branches. Very unique.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm , SS200 Strobe

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Mar

8

Dive Number: 12 07/03/2010 14.28 Clifton Springs Pylons

Wind: 20 knot Easterlies

Tide: 1 hours before a 0.11 low tide at geelong

Conditions: Small rolling .20m unbreaking waves over shallow sandy bottom

Bottom Type: Wood pylons on Sand bottom.

Visibilty: 2m

Water Temp: 22c

Bottom Time: 37 minutes

Max Depth: 1.5m

Air usage: 35bar/500psi

SAC: 9.8 litres/min

Details: Since i called off my dive early yesterday, i decided just to use the small amount of air i had left in the tank, somewhere close and shallow. It was blowing strong easterlies chopping up probably everywhere except clifton springs and maybe portarlington. So despite it being a massively low tide, and approaching peak low, i decided to just crawl along the bottom in 1.5m and hope to spot some seahorses or pipefish. Is it still called a dive when you can stand up and your heads .5m out of the water???

Camera Details: Canon 100mm macro, single SS200 strobe.

Dive Report: Not much to show, since there wasn’t much around and visibilty was crap. Being so shallow made focus lock tricky with the surge.

Even this sand goby (that usually kicks around on the sand) was hiding under a shell:

Hardyheads where sheltering behind the pylons:

But this sand anemone was loving it! Cant you see the smile on its face?