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  • 36 # Date: 2012-06-21 - 09:31
  • # Max Depth: 22m Duration: 49mins
Diver's Notes

Good conditions and calm seas. High cloud and overcast skies and very cold air. Anchored over shark cave and descended to kelp bed in front of cave mouth. Observed 6-8 grey nurse sharks. Moved on to second cave south along reef wall. Another 5 grey nurse sharks here and the rock shelf in front of cave gives better view and closer proximity.

Turned back to first cave exploring boulders along the way. Other dives ran low on air and dive master took them to surface leaving myself and one other diver to stay on at the shark cave for a short time longer. Visibility at cave was rather poor due to low-light and silt and there was a reasonably strong current that made it difficult to hold still. But still a great dive with non-shark highlights including an Eastern Blue Devilfish and yellow box fish.
Grey nurse sharks
Yellow box fish
Blue grouper
Maori wrasse
Comb wrasse
Old wives
Black tip bullseyes
White ears
Scaly fin
Yellow stripe leather jacket
Crested morwong

*multi-level dive - did not exceed NDL. Averaged 18m

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  • Temp: Surf 21°C Bottom 16°C
  • Dive type : Recreational, Boat
  • Visibility: Average 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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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 .
Pempheris analis Waite, 1910 (Bronze sweeper) A nocturnal species that form aggregations in caves by day and feeds on zooplankton at night.
Apogon fleurieu (Lacepède, 1802) (Cardinalfish) Common in shallow coastal reefs with moderate currents . Also in tidal channels of estuaries . Adults usually in small schools comprising pairs .
Pempheris compressa (White, 1790) (Small-scale bullseye) Usually found on offshore reefs, in large schools. Juveniles found on coastal reefs and near entrance of coastal estuaries with rocky reefs.
Goniistius vestitus (Castelnau, 1879) (Crested morwong) Occurs in inshore and offshore rocky and coral reefs .
Trachinops taeniatus Günther, 1861 (Eastern hulafish) Occurs inshore near reefs .
Carcharias taurus Rafinesque, 1810 (sand tiger shark) The sand tiger shark is one of the best-studied of the shark species. They are the only sharks known to gulp air at the surface and store it in their stomach to provide buoyancy . These sharks generally mate between Octobe...
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Ostracion cubicus Linnaeus, 1758 (Yellow boxfish) Inhabit lagoon and semi-sheltered seaward reefs. Juveniles often among Acropora corals . Benthopelagic . Solitary . Juveniles expatriating to subtropical zone from the pelagic larval stage. Small juveniles secretive i...
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Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner, 1866 (Eastern pomfred) Schools are found in coastal bays, protected island coves, deeper part of large estuaries close to the sea entrance, and along rocky drop-offs with kelp .
Orectolobus maculatus (Bonnaterre, 1788) (Wobbegong) The sluggish spotted wobbegong spends much of its day lying motionless on the bottom or hidden in caves, under overhangs or in shipwrecks. At night, the shark becomes more active, and swims, or moves about the sea floor, ...
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Enoplosus armatus (White, 1790) (Bastard dory) Juveniles live in estuaries while adults occur in estuaries and on inshore and offshore rocky reefs and seagrass beds . Found either in large schools, in pairs or as solitary individuals . Neither anterolateral glandular groove nor venom gland is present .
Pempheris affinis McCulloch, 1911 (Black-tipped bullseye) Found in coastal waters in rocky reefs, ledges and caves during day .
Eubalichthys bucephalus (Whitley, 1931) (Black reef leatherjacket) Occurs on the continental shelf . Observed in pairs, secretly moving about in and out of holes among boulders .
Parma unifasciata (Steindachner, 1867) (Girdled scalyfin) Inhabits rocky inshore reefs.
Parma microlepis Günther, 1862 (White-ear scalyfin) Inhabits rocky reefs.

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