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Monday, 25 November 2013

Break on through to the other side

You know the day destroys the night, night divides the day, which was fitting really as we set off late afternoon to get some quality time in on the main wall for the first dive and then get in for a second dive for form more fun in the dark.

The viz wasn't at it's best today with 20 metres or so and a strong ENE making the surface a little lumpy however the main wall did supply us with large shoals of triggerfish, angelfish, groupers and not to mention our highly trained pet snappers came out to be with us as well. They always know when we're about.......


There were some late afternoon foragers in the shape of lionfish not to mention a parade of jacks darting by. Obviously they had somewhere else they would rather be.......


The night dive was superb as always but the surge in the water made the shallows very challenging with a severe buffeting on the rocks a frequent occurrence but it was worth it to get this little fellow, the littlest lettuce leaf slug I've seen to date. It's so fluffy!


The octopus were a bit scarce tonight but the shrimp did put in an appearance for us along with the usual plethora of flamingo tongue cowries.



The top of the wall did yield some nice finds such as some monstrous lobsters out for a scuttle but a bit pointless trying for something that big with a macro lens on. If there's a demand for shots of a lobsters eye, then let me know and I'll be happy to oblige!

There was also a nice example of a juvenile red banded hermit as well but trying to get him to sit still for a shot was a challenge and a half, they can shift when they want to!


One thing that doesn't shift though is one of my favourite little critters, the sailfin blenny although this one was a little shy this evening, I just couldn't coax him out.


But a lovely fringeback nudi more than made up for the lack of enthusiasm by the blenny fraternity as this little fellow was crawling it's way over the hardpan, probably off down the pub for a black and tan and some pork scratchings........