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  • 35 # Date: 2012-06-09 - 09:31
  • # Max Depth: 7m Duration: 66mins
Diver's Notes

A massive storm had passed through Sydney just a few days before with pouring rain & huge 6m swell and waves closing all beaches. So it was amazing conditions were as good as they were. Clear sunny skies and flat calm water surface however the visibility was very poor - some of the worst I've seen in sydney at just 3m.
Swam left (north) from Fairy Bower beach around large boulders and gullies. Turned at 100bar and returned. Moderately string surge the further north we went and this seemed to continue the way back.
This was the first dive with my new SeaLife DC1400 camera. Poor conditions for photography & flash was useless with that much particle back scatter. Paul borrowed my brand new dive torch and lost it.
Good variety of fish and sea life. Very dense schools of yellow tail and blackfish. A very long dive of over an hour.
Giant cuttlefish
Old wives
Stingarees x2
Black spot goatfish
Blue grouper
Crimson banded wrasse
Cardinal fish
Sergeant Bakers
Red Morwong

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Dive Location

  • Temp: Surf 19°C Bottom 15°C
  • Dive type : Recreational, Shore
  • Visibility: Bad Water: Salt
Specific gear used
  • BCD: Oceanic - Excursion 2
  • Camera: SeaLife - DC1400
  • Regulator: Oceanic - Delta 4.2
  • Regulator: Oceanic - CDX5 First Stage
  • Camera: GoPro - Hero
  • Weights: 8.5 kg
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  • Dive buddies: Paul Scarlett

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Species Identified

Achoerodus viridis (Steindachner, 1866) (Wrasse) Found in coastal rocky areas at depths to about 40 m . Max. length for female species . Protogynous hermaphrodite .
Ophthalmolepis lineolata (Valenciennes, 1839) (Maori wrasse) Found in coastal bays to offshore reefs, often in loose aggregations .
Atypichthys strigatus (Günther, 1860) (Australian mado) A schooling species, particularly common on coastal reefs in southern New South Wales . Also commonly found under jetties in harbors and large estuaries .
Upeneichthys lineatus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) (Blue-striped mullet) Inhabits sheltered bays and harbors , on sand and rocky substrates . Form schools . Preys mainly on small crustaceans .
Sepia apama Gray, 1849 (Australian giant cuttlefish)
Trygonoptera testacea Müller and Henle, 1841 (stingaree) Found in sandy beaches and reefs but also well offshore. May venture well upstream in estuaries . Feeds on worms, crustaceans, bony fishes, and other stingarees .
Girella tricuspidata (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) (Luderick) They favor estuarine , rocky reef and inshore, coastal water habitats . They flourish in seagrass areas . Ludericks are moderately sedentary, schooling fish. They are herbivorous and feed primarily on seagrasses . Fil...
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Meuschenia flavolineata Hutchins, 1977 (Yellow-striped leatherjacket) Found on rocky reefs . Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Urolophus paucimaculatus Dixon, 1969 (Sparsely-spotted stingaree) Occurs on the continental shelf . Adults feed on worms, crabs, shrimp, and small bony fishes while juveniles take small crustaceans .
Upeneus australiae Kim and Nakaya, 2002 (Australian goatfish) Adults feed mainly on shrimp (47%).
Trachinops taeniatus Günther, 1861 (Eastern hulafish) Occurs inshore near reefs .
Aulopus purpurissatus Richardson, 1843 (Sergeant baker)
Parma unifasciata (Steindachner, 1867) (Girdled scalyfin) Inhabits rocky inshore reefs.
Glossolepis maculosus Allen, 1981 (Spotted rainbowfish) Inhabits high altitude (150-800 m) swamps and creeks. An egg laying species which prefer the following aquarium conditions: pH=7.8, H=12, 25°C water temperature.

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