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  • 42 # Date: 2012-07-27 - 09:36
  • # Max Depth: 22m Duration: 45mins
Diver's Notes

Beautiful weather with very little breeze or swell. Almost o waves on the cliff face as we travelled to magic Point. Began dive at first cave and stayed with good vis to see up to 8-9 grey nurse sharks. Moved on to 2nd cave and saw 2-3 more grey nurse sharks along the way of kelp beds. Still 4-5 more grey nurse sharks at the 2nd cave. Both caves were surrounded by large schools of fish. Weedy sea dragon was found on the edge between kelp and sand between caves & returned to first cave and found the resident eastern blue devil fish under the rock ledge.

Blue grouper
Comb Wrasse
Crimson banded wrasse
Grey nurse sharks
Giant cuttle fish
Wobegong
Weedy Sea Dragon
Maori wrasse
Red rock cod
Eastern blue devilfish
Large schools of Promfrets over rocks<BR>Small scale bullseye
Port jackson shark
Sergeant baker
Variegated lizard fish
Schools of yellow tail scad

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Dive Location

  • Dive type : Recreational, Boat, Shark
  • Temp: Bottom 14°C
  • Visibility: Good 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

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 .
Ophthalmolepis lineolata (Valenciennes, 1839) (Maori wrasse) Found in coastal bays to offshore reefs, often in loose aggregations .
Sepia apama Gray, 1849 (Australian giant cuttlefish)
Trachinops taeniatus Günther, 1861 (Eastern hulafish) Occurs inshore near reefs .
Phyllopteryx taeniolatus (Lacepède, 1804) (common sea dragon) These fish are slow-moving and rely on their camouflage as protection against predation; they drift in the water and with the leaf-like appendages resemble the swaying seaweed of their habitat . Individuals are observed ei...
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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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Upeneus australiae Kim and Nakaya, 2002 (Australian goatfish) Adults feed mainly on shrimp (47%).
Achoerodus viridis (Steindachner, 1866) (Wrasse) Found in coastal rocky areas at depths to about 40 m . Max. length for female species . Protogynous hermaphrodite .
Coris picta (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) (Comb wrasse) Inhabits fairly deep sandy bottoms around rocky reefs.
Paraplesiops bleekeri (Günther, 1861) (Eastern blue devil) Benthic species which occurs inshore .
Meuschenia trachylepis (Günther, 1870) (yellowfinned leatherjacket)
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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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.
Heterodontus portusjacksoni (Meyer, 1793) (Port Jackson shark) A common shark of the continental shelves , from close inshore at the intertidal zone to 275 m . Segregates by sex and maturity stage . Nocturnal, hides in caves and rocky gullies during the day . Feeds on benthic inver...
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Scorpaena cardinalis Solander & Richardson, 1842 (Red rock cod) Inhabits rocks, crevices and caverns at all depths. Occasionally found in large rock pools in the lower littoral zone. Is nocturnally active and feeds mainly on small mobile benthic animals. Stalks its prey and swallows it whole .

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