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  • 47 # Date: 2012-08-17 - 13:21
  • # Max Depth: 15.4m Duration: 53mins
Diver's Notes

Repetitive dive from Clovelly. pool entry, over the break-wall and out heading south-south east. Descended over kelp bed until reaching a series of drop offs and ledges. The final steepest ledge joined the sand line bottom. Followed this ledge on our right south. The soft corals, sponge gardens and sea-tulips her are outstanding - possibly because this site can only be dived in very calm northerly conditions and so is rarely dived. Lots of small fish such as sea perch in among the corals.

Turned at 120bar back north. On return we overshot the starting point and went too far. We surfaced on the north side of the bay and breakwall not far from where we entered on the first dive at Shark Point. It was now raining with dark skies and the wind had turned southerly and very strong. It was a hard swim back to the break-wall to exit in Clovelly pool.

Numerous Port Jackson sharks (7+)
Crested Horn Sharks
Giant Cuttlefish (Juvenile)
Large schools of Old Wives
Small schools of Yellow Tail Barracuda
Blue groper
Crimson banded wrasse
Big Scale Bullseye
Mado
Hullafish
Sergeant Baker
Half banded sea perch
Red Morwong
Girdled Scalyfin
One-Spot Pullers
Rock Cale
Comb Wrasse
Pink Banded Grubfish
Herring Cale

Dive Profile
Dive Location

  • Dive type : Recreational, Photo
  • Temp: Surf 18°C Bottom 17°C
  • 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

  • Tank nº1
  • Steel, 11L
  • AIR mix
  • Pressure: start: 220bar
    end: 50bar
  • SAC: 1.59 bar/min
  • RMV: 17.49 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 .
Hypoplectrodes maccullochi (Whitley, 1929) (Half-banded seaperch) Inhabits shallow coastal and estuarine rocky reefs . Common in sponge areas, sometimes in loose aggregations .
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 .
Heterodontus galeatus (Günther, 1870) (Crested horn shark) A moderately common benthic and epibenthic shark found on the continental shelf . Occurs from close inshore to about 93 m depth . Feeds primarily on sea urchins, but also on crustaceans, mollusks, and small fishes . Ovi...
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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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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 .
Aulopus purpurissatus Richardson, 1843 (Sergeant baker)
Parma unifasciata (Steindachner, 1867) (Girdled scalyfin) Inhabits rocky inshore reefs.
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.
Seriola lalandi Valenciennes, 1833 (Yellowtail amberjack)
Sepia apama Gray, 1849 (Australian giant cuttlefish)
Pempheris analis Waite, 1910 (Bronze sweeper) A nocturnal species that form aggregations in caves by day and feeds on zooplankton at night.
Goniistius fuscus (Castelnau, 1879) (Red morwong) Adults found on exposed rocky reefs down to about 30 m; juveniles on coastal reefs, amongst algae.
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.
Parapercis nebulosa (Quoy and Gaimard, 1825) (Barfaced sandsmelt) Found on silty sand and rubble bottoms in shallow bays . Feeds on small crustaceans .
Notolabrus gymnogenis (Günther, 1862) (whitespotted parrotfish) A common coastal reef fish collected from 15 m but may occur much deeper than this .

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