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  • 46 # Date: 2012-08-17 - 11:36
  • # Max Depth: 23.9m Duration: 45mins
Diver's Notes

Beautiful warm sunny winter day. But the wind was very stiff from the north and created substantial wind swell. Clovelly however was largely protected by the cliff and facing south was quite calm.

Entered from the rock shelf at Shark Point facing south. Swam out 20m and descended. Passed over reasonably flat kelp bed before defending over drop-offs down to sand line running as a kind of gully between the rock legged and other large boulders. Followed the rock shelf on the left heading north east around Shark Point. Turned at 150bar in order to leave enough air for the longer return swim. Returned back past entry point, over break-wall and exited in Clovelly pool.

Huge schools of Old Wives. (I've never seen so many together in one place, more than 50)
Blue groper
Crimson banded wrasse
Port jackson shark
Sergeant Baker
Half banded sea perch
Variegated Lizard fish
3-Bar Porcupine Fish
Big Scale Bullseye
Cardinal Fish
Black Reef Leatherjacket
Red Morwong
Girdled Scalyfin
One-Spot Pullers
Rock Cale
Comb Wrasse
Pink Banded Grubfish
Herring Cale

Dive Profile
Dive Location

  • Temp: Surf 20°C Bottom 17°C
  • Dive type : Recreational, Photo
  • Visibility: Good Water: Salt
Specific gear used
  • BCD: Oceanic - Excursion 2
  • Camera: GoPro - Hero
  • Camera: SeaLife - DC1400
  • Computer: Oceanic - Geo 2.0
  • Regulator: Oceanic - CDX5 First Stage
  • Regulator: Oceanic - Delta 4.2
  • Weights: 8.5 kg
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Dive Profile

  • 1. Air
  • 11L Steel     220 → 50 bar
  • Average depth: 15m
  • SAC: 1.51 bar/min
  • RMV: 16.61 L/min
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Species Identified

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 .
Achoerodus viridis (Steindachner, 1866) (Wrasse) Found in coastal rocky areas at depths to about 40 m . Max. length for female species . Protogynous hermaphrodite .
Trachinops taeniatus Günther, 1861 (Eastern hulafish) Occurs inshore near reefs .
Synodus variegatus (Lacepède, 1803) (Variegated lizardfish) Inhabits deep lagoon and seaward reefs to depths over 40 m ; sometimes found on sandy bottoms concealing itself in the sand. Prefers to rest on hard surfaces and frequently occurs in pairs . Benthic . Feeds on small fis...
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Parma microlepis Günther, 1862 (White-ear scalyfin) Inhabits 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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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 .
Apogon limenus Randall & Hoese, 1988 (Sydney cardinalfish) Found in rocky estuaries to offshore reefs, usually in small aggregations .
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 .
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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Aulopus purpurissatus Richardson, 1843 (Sergeant baker)
Dicotylichthys punctulatus Kaup, 1855 (Three-barred porcupinefish) Found in estuarine, coastal and offshore reefs to a depth of 50 m. Nocturnal and solitary. Feeds on hard-shelled invertebrates. Not usually marketed.
Crinodus lophodon (Günther, 1859) (Rock cale) Found on shallow exposed rocky shores, aggregating in high-energy zone, just below foaming surface to depths of about 10 m . Feed on either loose or attached weeds and algae .
Odax cyanomelas (Richardson, 1850) (herring cale) Occurs near the surface in high energy surf zones along rocky shores, these areas are often dominated by brown macroalgae.
Coris musume (Jordan and Snyder, 1904) (Comb wrasse)
Pempheris multiradiata Klunzinger, 1879 (Common bullseye) Schooling in caves and near rocky reefs .
Goniistius fuscus (Castelnau, 1879) (Red morwong) Adults found on exposed rocky reefs down to about 30 m; juveniles on coastal reefs, amongst algae.
Parma unifasciata (Steindachner, 1867) (Girdled scalyfin) Inhabits rocky inshore reefs.

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