Jan

22

Date: 22nd January 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: After the seals, it was over to Portsea Pier. The lighting effects filtering through the pier where impressive and provided an interesting backdrop for a thornfish sitting on one of the pylon sponges. A small wrasse darted from weed clump to weed clump and i’m yet to identify what species it is. I took a few shots of a Weedy Seadragon with algae covered eggs, as a contrast to the exposed pink eggs carried by the one i shot a couple of weeks earlier.

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

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Jan

6

Date: 6th January 2017

Conditions: South Easterly winds but nice and protected around the pier..great conditions.

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: This time of year the Weedy Seadragon males carry around the bright pink egg sacks on their tail until they incubate and hatch. My last visit to Portsea, i did see one seadragon with eggs, but that particular male had a layer of algae camouflaging its eggs. On this dive i found one carrying the bright pink eggs exposed, and it was a very happy model for photos. Happy enough to engage in feeding behaviour while i watched, sucking in the small mysid shrimp from the water column into its protruding snout.

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

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Dec

18

Date: 18th December 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: Chris and myself headed over to Portsea to see if we could find some Weedy Seadragons that were carrying eggs. I didn’t see any, but Chris saw one with the algae covering them for protection.

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

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Feb

12

Date: 12th February 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: Night

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: One of the first things i observed when swimming over to the Pier was a large seastar called Luidia Australie. I’d never seen this before and it was a formidable looking beast with spines down its arms, and moving fairly fast (for a starfish). I pointed it out to Chris and Kerry, but got the expected “WTF are we looking at here, a boring old starfish???”. Until the end of the dive, when i found a Goblinfish, this was actually my highlight. But the Goblin fish took the cake..what a weird fish! With its extended ‘neck’ and huge cape like wing fins, it had the most bizaare vibe to it. It flops around with its fins, neither walking nor swimming. Apart from the Goblin Fish there were a few Little Gunards around, some nudibranchs and lots of anemones open in the dark waters. A decent dive, but without the goblin fish it would have been fairly uneventful, considering the target species was the Prickly Anglerfish. Next time prickly angler…next time.

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

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Feb

12

Date: 12th February 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 7m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: We headed over in the boat to Portsea Pier for a night dive to try to find a Prickly Anglerfish. But first we did a dive on dusk. I’d just got a new housing delivered for my 7D, so i was keen to get accustomed to the new controls. There was a bit of surge around and Some small Weedy Seadragons we’re testing their skills trying to negotiate it. A large Smooth Ray was circling the pier looking for prey. Generally, not a very photogenic dive, but i was really looking forward to night settling in and seeing what came out.

Camera Details: Canon 10-17mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Dec

30

Date: 30th December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: There were plenty of mysid shrimp under Portsea Pier today, and i watched as the Weedy Seadragons feasted on them.

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

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Dec

29

Date: 29th December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: I was back to Portsea Pier with the macro lens in search of the Goblinfish which had recently been reported. First up a small cuttlefish was hiding in the weeds a showed off its arabesque eyes. A flatworm i’d never seen before wiggled itself over a sponge on the pylon, but apart from that, no great nudi action, apart from the Vercos that are a feature of Portsea.
The rest of the dive was getting portrait shots of the Weedy Seadragons.

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

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Dec

5

Date: 5th December 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: Portsea Pier has been great lately, and today was no exception. As well as the local Weedy Seadragons, a couple of Smooth Rays made an appearance, together with a small cuttlefish.

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

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Oct

2

Date: 2nd October 2015

Conditions: Surgey

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: A dive i’d rather forget..lens damage and a few other pre-dive issues that made it a less than enjoyable experience.

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

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May

14

Conditions:

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: With all the Weedy Seadragons around at the moment, i thought it was a good opportunity to put the macro lens on and try to get some front on portraits that i’d always wanted to get. Conditions weren’t ideal, but i managed some photos i was really happy with. One of them even won me a photo competition!

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes

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Feb

16

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: On the way back from Bliargowrie , we stopped in at Portsea Pier to play with the Weedy Seadragons and empty the tanks.

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

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Dec

22

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 6m

Details: Portsea Pier has been really productive lately. Lots of Weedy Seadragons around, a big Smooth Ray and a fish i’d never seen in the bay before; a Pretty Polly or Castelnau’s Wrasse. I couldnt get a decent pic of it though.

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

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Nov

30

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: After Blairgowrie, i jumped in at Portsea to see what was around. I spotted the Weedy Seadragon that i’d been told had a strange green algae buildup on its eggs. A small cuttlefish hung out under the pier and a unusual daytime sighting of a gurnard which darted around midwater. Lots of globefish around..perhaps in some type of mating gathering??

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

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Nov

9

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: Chris got a tip off from the Dive vic lads that there were a heap of Weedy Seadragons under their boat moorings at Portsea. Of course, we didn’t see any, but a cuttlefish made a willing subject.

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

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May

24

Dive Number: 582 24/05/2014 Portsea Pier

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: A quick splash at Portsea Pier on the way home from Blairgowrie, just to waste the remaining air.

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

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Mar

30

Dive Number: 571 30/03/2014 Portsea Pier

Conditions:

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: After taking so many pics at Popes Eye i ended up running out of strobe batteries for this brief dive at Portsea Pier. A Weedy Seadragon and Brittlestar were a couple of interesting subjects.

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

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Jan

4

Dive Number: 426 04/01/2012 Portsea Pier

Conditions: ??

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: No Camera, Just wasting some air.

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

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Jul

9

Dive Number: 53 27/06/2010 15.33 Portsea Pier

Wind: 15 knot Westerlies

Tide: 3.5 after 1.40 high tide at the heads

Conditions: Shivery, icy cold conditions..dull and overcast. A great day for diving!

Bottom Type: Pier Pylons over sand with surrounding rocky reef .

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: 13c

Bottom Time: 40 minutes

Max Depth: 5.4m

Air usage: 70bar/1000psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: After reaching shiver point at Flinders pier, i drove over to Portsea hoping the car heater would get my body temp up for another dive by the time i reached Portsea. Their seemed to be a fair current flowing around the pier and the water was lapping up on an angle against new sand break walls that have been installed to protect the beach from washing away. I wasn’t sure whether it was going to be diveable, until talked to some divers who were heading in and they assured me that the current wouldn’t be very strong. I didn’t have much air so this was just a bit of a dive to bring back memories of my OW course which had its first dive here.

Camera Details: Canon 17-40mm , single SS200 strobe

Dive Report: I was mainly chasing more cowfish shots because i wasn’t happy with the ones i got at flinders. The only one i spotted kept on running away from me though, so just mainly looked around and concentrated on things that dont move much…like this thornfish.

And a few shots of the growth around the area.