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Monday, 9 December 2013

Little secrets

We decided to do a double macro dive today which proved rewarding and frustrating in equal measures as not only where there some fantastic small critters to shoot but there were some big ones making an appearance as well which is not ideal when you're on a macro lens. A lot of surge and and very lumpy conditions didn't make things any easier but a dive is a dive is a dive.


We were diving up at our old stopping grounds of Lighthouse Point today, and just like Black Carr, theres never a bad dive at Lighthouse. We headed off South down the miniwall and went with the slight Northerly current.

There must have been a moray explosion in the water over the last couple of weeks because there were loads of them all over the place, both free swimming and in holes. It was like watching a plate of spaghetti going mad.


We had fly-bys of turtles and rays off in the blue but nothing that could be captured on the lens I was shooting with today. A good selection of crabs around on the hard pan and hiding amongst the corals including this little pea crab doing it's best to look invisible.


There were a lot of barracudas hanging out in the shallows and at cleaning stations, this big bruiser was more than happy to let me get up close and personal before disappearing off into the blue.


We had a good long scour along the hard pan and found some lovely little rough head blennies. The second one of which was trying to eat a piece of fishing line nearly as big as itself. Obviously never had any breakfast this morning.



Plenty of filefish, pipefish and needlenose puffer fish were hiding out amongst the sponges and hydroids, apparently not fans of the worsening conditions.


But this didn't seem to bother the juvenile orange sided gobies sitting out on the coral waiting for their turn under the camera lens.......



And one of the best parts of the morning? A po boy wrap with extra chili and a vanilla protein shake at the end of the dive, fresh out the kitchen from Chef Jen. Nice.

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