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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Till the end of the day

With a spring in our fins and a gurgle in our regs it was once more in to the water, again with a ripping current. It's been quite bad the last couple of weeks but you got to work with what you got. Maybe next weekend we'll get lucky.

"I see you, do you see me?"
The hardpan and wall was crawling with life. Literally. That's the most juvenile octopus I've seen on a dive, they were everywhere.

Just one of many, many baby octopus
Not as many nudibranchs around today but there were a couple of lovely examples of fringe back nudis. Really nice bright orange colours on them.As they were in the shallows the surge was knocking them around so the poor little tykes would go bouncing along the rock every 5 seconds.

Hanging on for grim death
There was some really nice examples of pea crabs and rubble crabs but I found a really nice little juvenile plumed hairy crab. The white tipped claws and speckled eyes really caught my attention.

"In the immortal words of Despicable Me, "IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!"
And not to mention lots and lots yellow sptted stingrays which as always were happy to come undulating up to the camera and say hello before rippling off to look for their next meal.

"Hello, goodbye"
There were a couple of whacking big peacock flounders hanging in a shallow depression but they were happy to let me get close to them for a shot or two and some video.

Aye, aye....
And something that I still find surprising here is the fact that brittle stars are so few and far between. Back home the dive sites would be blanketed with the things and the wolfie used to love feeding on them as well so that was an added bonus when you were trying to get a shot. But here you'll get one or two popping up here and there, makes for interesting shots 
when they're taken individually though.

When you wish upon a (brittle) star