Fly Point is an aquatic reserve - strictly no fishing or collecting from the area. It is TEEMING with interesting fish and little beasties to have a look at and is very easy to access. The only thing that you really have to think about is tide times - because the bay has a very narrow opening into the open ocean, the currents created by the tidal water rushing in and out of the bay can be very strong.
It had been a little while since I have been scuba diving and my buoyancy control was a little iffy to begin with, so I was a little ridiculous and bobbing up and down for a few minutes - but I think I regained control fairly fast without too much embarrassment (hopefully). I am considering starting my next dive qualification while i'm out here. There's not much chance of me doing that at home over the winter for sure! The water temperature was around 17-18ºC here today so not too cold (although my feet did get a little chilly - I might invest in some decent neoprene socks!).
Some pictures from the dive:
|Not the best picture in the world, but this was one of the|
many nudibranchs we saw
|These crazy-looking things are Gulf wobbegong (Orectolobus|
halei) which is a species of carpet shark. The individual
in the top picture must have been nearly 2m long!
|Awesome fish and giant sponge (not their official names)|
|I think this tiny cuboid fish is a Yellow boxfish (Ostracion |
cubicus).. but I could be very wrong about that..
|CUTTLEFISH!!!!!! I love them. They're adorable. This|
species is the Mourning cuttlefish (Sepia plangon)
|Some kind of eel|
|I believe this is a South australian catfish (Cnidoglanis|
|I believe this is an Eastern blue groper (Achoerodus viridis)|
|There were just so many fish everywhere!|