Nov

6

Date: 6th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 15c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: A bit quieter on the nudibranch front today at Pt Lonsdale. Still a few species to keep me busy.

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

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Nov

4

Date: 4th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 15c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: A really good nudibranch snorkel at Point Lonsdale with the supermacro on. Caldukia Affinis, Doto Ostena, Polycera Janjukia, a couple of Hermaea sp. and a very cooperative Pycnogonid (sea spider).

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

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Oct

28

Date: 28th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: On this snorkel, i tried my stacked supermacro setup again, this time in the 100mm macro port with autofocus off and it set to maximum magnification. Despite a very tight working distance, it worked well with the smaller nudis. However, one of the first nudi’s i saw (possibly a Favorinus) was almost too big for this set up – probably a whopping 18mm! Other species around were Doto Pita, a Trinchesia Sp, and a Hermaea Sp in the smaller pool.

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

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Oct

21

Date: 21st October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: Back to Point Lonsdale, this time with a supermacro set up with stacked teleconverter and extension tube in a domeport. I left autofocus on, which made it difficult to achieve maximum magnification with a lot of hunting. in the pools were Doto Ostenta, Polycera Janjukia and Crimora multidigitalis.

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

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Oct

15

Date: 15th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: Another nudibranch dive at Point Lonsdale. A few more around today…the usual Doto Ostena, a tiny Ilbia Iilbi, and one of the unidentified Polycera sp.2

Camera Details: Canon 100mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

7

Date: 7th October 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 14c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: After rekindling my interest for nudibranchs after reading Bob Burns book, i headed to the rockpools at Pt Lonsdale to see what was around. Apart from a Doto species, the only nudibranch i saw was this trinchesia sp.

A cleaner shrimp and thornfish were happy subjects to be photographed.

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

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Mar

1

Date: 1st March 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 17c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth:

Details: An eerie fog hung over the bay and was filtering through the rip when i arrived at Point Lonsdale. I just potted around the shallows near the rock shelf and did some under overs and shot some thornfish sitting on the kelp.

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

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Feb

22

Date: 22nh February 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 18c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: A quick splash just to get wet…surgey and bad vis..

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

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Nov

20

Date: 20th November 2016

Conditions:

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Details: While taking some under-over shots at Point Lonsdale, I spotted a large Maori Octopus skulking through the kelp towards some overhangs. I followed it to take some photos but it was soon giving me the evil eye and telling me to back off. I stood my ground, hoping it would get use to my presence and not see me as a threat. That didn’t work…it soon extended one of its tentacles in my direction, (seemingly an infinitely long tentacle, aka a Mary Poppins tentacle), while its body stayed put against the ledge. The single probing tentacle felt around the camera housing before sending its body to join the party and it launched a full body attack! Beak first! With its arsenal of tentacles joining the single tentacle to envelop the camera housing. I’d seen octopus steal camera housings before, so i wasn’t willing to let this one go. At arms length, i held onto the housing with one arm, while trying to snap some shots at the same time. With its beak firmly against the dome port, i worried my dome port was going to be a write-off. I shook the housing (as best you can shake a housing underwater) to try to dislodge the parasite octopus, and eventually it took off back to the shelter of the ledges. With my heart beating a million times a minute, i thought i spotted it moving under a different ledge. ‘Impossible’, i thought. ‘How did it get over there so quickly?’ I soon realised there were two octopus in the area. Probably a breeding pair. The first octopus must have seen its reflection in my dome port, and considered it a competitor to its love interests. I left them too their business.

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

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Nov

23

Details: A quick dip around Pt Lonsdale turned up a couple of small Blue Gropers. I’ve never seen such young gropers so its a promising sign.

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

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Oct

27

Details: The highlight of a visit to the rockpools was a Johnstons Weedfish – Heteroclinus johnstoni. These are incredibly cool creatures and only my second sighting. They are huge compared to other weedfish species.

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

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Aug

17

Conditions:

Details: I started off in the rockpools and found a nice selection of nudibranchs, including a small orange nudi which we saw the previous week at Popes Eye. After leaving the rockpools, i swam through the shallows back to the carpark. The number of mullet in the water was amazing, all schooling beneath an equally amazing number of jellies floating on the service. This obviously provided a nice “false ceiling” for the mullet to hide under. Luckily i had the wide angle in the car too so i raced back to try to capture the unique gathering…not very well though i must add.

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

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Dec

26

Snorkel at Point Lonsdale 26/12/2013

Conditions:

Details: A quick snorkel around the rock shelves at Pt Lonsdale.

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

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Nov

30

Dive Number: 523 30/11/2013 Point Lonsdale Pier

Conditions:

Visibilty: 7m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: A splash around in the Kelp at Point Lonsdale Pier, reef, and rockpools.

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

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Nov

20

Snorkel at Pt Lonsdale

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Details: Got the macro lens out, but few nudi’s around. Mullet passed very close feeding in the sand.

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

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Feb

9

Snorkel at Pt Lonsdale 09/02/2012 19.00

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions: ???

Visibilty: ???m

Water Temp: ???c

Bottom Time: ???minutes

Max Depth: 1m

Details: Nudi snorkel at Point lonsdale rockpools. Not many around, so i did some purple wrasse and thornfish portraits.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, SS200 Strobes

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Jan

22

Snorkel 22/01/12 ??, Point Lonsdale Rockpools

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions:

Water Temp: ???c

Bottom Time: ????minutes

Max Depth: 1m

Air usage: 170bar/2500psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Its been a long time between dips in the rockpools with the macro lens. Still not a string showing of nudi’s like the ‘old’ days.
Camera Details: Canon 100mm , SS200 Strobe

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Oct

4

04/10/2011 10.29 Pt Lonsdale Rockpools

Tide:  Low

Wind: Southerly

Conditions: ????

Bottom Type: rocky reef

Details:  I’d just ordered a 1.4x tamron extender, so thought i’d see how it went on the 60mm for some supermacro work.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 1.4x

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Sep

27

27/09/2011 18.50 Pt Lonsdale

Tide:  Low

Wind: ???

Conditions: ????

Bottom Type: rockpools

Details: A nudibranch search at the rockpools. Some mullet around also.

Camera Details: Canon 100mm

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Sep

17

17/09/2011 11  Point Lonsdale

Tide:  ???

Wind: Southerly??

Conditions: ????

Bottom Type: rocky reefs

Details:  Missed the tides..so just tried to shoot this goby.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm

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Sep

4

04/09/2011 10.20 Point Lonsdale

Tide:  low tide

Wind: Southerly???

Conditions: ????

Bottom Type: rockpools, inner shelf

Bottom Time: 1hr

Details:  Another snorkel to photograph nudis.

Camera Details: Canon 100mm

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Sep

3

03/09/2011 10.20 Point Lonsdale

Tide:  low tide

Wind: Southerly???

Conditions: ????

Bottom Type: rockpools, inner shelf

Bottom Time: 1hr

Details:  A snorkel to photograph nudis.

Camera Details: Canon 100mm

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Aug

20

20/08/2011 11.15 Pt Lonsdale

Tide:  low tide at heads

Wind: Southerly???

Conditions: ????

Bottom Type: rockpools

Bottom Time: 60 minutes

Details:  Some under-overs down at Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse and a pycnogonid (seaspider) floating mid water.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , single SS200 strobe.

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Jun

2

21/05/2011 9.30 Pt Lonsdale

Tide: 1.5hr after 0.20 low tide at heads

Wind: Southerly???

Conditions: cold overcast morning.

Bottom Type: rockpools

Bottom Time: 40 minutes

Details:  Its been ages since i’d snorkelled at the rockpools.  Trev was already busily photographying when i arrived, and had already visited the surfclub rockpools. I spotted about 8 species of nudi  today but nothing new or particularly interesting.  I had a small leak (camera housing i mean : P) so ended the dive prematurely.

Photographed below are a Hermaea sp and polycera parvula.

Camera Details: Canon 100mm , single SS200 strobe.

Feb

3

02/02/2011 18.30 Pt Lonsdale

Tide: 0.5hr after 0.34 low tide at heads

Wind: Southerly???

Conditions: I was suprised to see that the water was nearly spilling into the pools when i arrived, despite fairly low swell. Water was of good clarity though. I ended up getting a good hour in as the water seemed to subside without innundating.

Bottom Type: rockpools

Bottom Time: 60 minutes

Details: I just got a wet diopter so i wanted to give it a try. Again it was a quiet evening for nudi’s…they just dont seem to like an evening feed lately. I think i saw maybe 3 or 4 species. One was a species i hadn’t seen before, but not all that impressive. I went for a snorkel outside the pools and there were alot of larger fish around, and some smaller gobies, weedfish, baitfish etc.  I didn’t expect to see an oil rig when i got out..a surreal experience…it was being shipped out through the heads after repairs.

Camera Details: Canon 100mm , single SS200 strobe + Woody Dioptre.