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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The worlds green laughter

The day started as anticipated, grey, overcast and around 15-18 knots E., but we're diving so who cares! Watching the rollers coming in just off shore, it was a safe bet to go North, where we ended up at Split Rock.

As soon as we jumped in and headed through the split, we got instant shark action and seeing as everyone was heading East, we went West and was rewarded with three separate reef sharks cruising round and checking us out, up close and personal.

They hung around for about 20 minutes or so and then disappeared off to do better things with their time.

A little bit further round the corner there was a nice outcrop which house a pair of giant green morays with the added bonus of a turtle scudding past as will. Hat trick! You can just make them all out in the photo, unfortunately the turtle wasn't wholly wanting to be co-operative.  But you know what they say, never work with kids or animals.

There was next to no current at this point which was an added bonus after our previous foray but the depth did put a little crimp in our NDL's so we didn't get as much bottom time as we would have liked but what you going to do?

Back on the good ship Leather back we headed back round the corner the Snapper Hole and by this time at least a good quarter of the boat was green and hanging over the gunwhales calling for Ralf and Huey. We left them to it as we enjoyed the sun as it started to creep out from behind the clouds and warmed our bones.

By the time we got in, the surface was turning pretty lively with a healthy surge and some turbidity down below. Hugging the mini wall, we headed out to get some shots at the anchor of the Methuselah before the mob arrived.The ring of the anchor is almost big enough to get your head into and makes a nice little frame for shots (thanks Capt. Nige and Nat).

Zigging and zagging in and out of the tunnels looking for the little stuff proved to be a challenge on this dive die to the increasing swell and dropping viz but I did find a nice double act with a slipper lobster and channel crab both seeking refuge.

JB found a nice quad of spiny lobster under a shelf as well so is was definitely a day for crustaceans on this dive. If I had a choice I would have been in there with them as instead of bouncing off the rocks. Picked up some colourful bruises mind you, how we suffer for our art. :-D

And on a final note, I would just like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the muppet who threw up all over my dive bag. Muppet. Couldn't get it over the leeward side so you had to do it on the boat. Not even an apology either, that's just rude. I don't get why people who are prone to sea sickness take a preventative before they get on the boat. Is it me or is that just common sense? On the bright side it was nice to laugh at the ongoing suffering. Cruel? Possibly. Justified? Most certainly.............

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