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  • 38 # Date: 2012-06-29 - 09:49
  • # Max Depth: 22m Duration: 37mins
Diver's Notes

Weather was clear and seas a bit lumpy but not choppy. Should have been good diving conditions. However visibility was bloody awful. No more than 2-3m and murky as hell. So dark it was almost like a night dive and we couldn't even see the otherwise numerous grey nurse sharks even though we were at the mouth of their cave.
A huge school of yellow tail barracuda (or possible scad) were basically the only visible sea life and this was mainly because they were silhouetted against the sky above. Probably the worst dive I've had to date.
We tried to progress to the second cave but it was pointless and we returned to first cave briefly before surfacing.
Mado
Scaly fin
A single leather jacket (black and white stripes w/ blue fringe)
One spot pullers.

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Dive Location

  • Dive type : Recreational, Boat, Shark
  • Temp: Bottom 17°C
  • 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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Species Identified

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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Pervagor alternans (Ogilby, 1899) (Yelloweye filefish) Uncommon species that occurs in coral and rocky reefs to a depth of about 15 m .
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 .
Chromis hypsilepis (Günther, 1867) (One spot demoiselle) Inhabits rocky reefs, occurring in small to large aggregations.
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 .
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.

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