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Post  liquidg on 23rd June 2012, 2:18 pm

This boat trip was due to near no reasonable shore dive opportunities of any quality at this time due to recent large seas and dirty waters on average at all shoreline sites.

Conditions for boating were quite good, on the surface, though once in the water the current dictated that only experienced free divers were to go on this trip, it was potentially dangerous!

When westerly winds are blowing, the more open ocean has the rougher seas, thatís why a westerly on this side of Auz is called an off shore, it blows from the shore out to sea making bigger and bigger swells as it gets further out to sea and leaving the shore line smooth and calm.
That is until the westerlies ease then the swells produced from these winds heading out to sea rebound off whatever conditions are much further out at sea and head back into shore.
Then you get ground swells, these are swells from a long ways out and on the surface are not that visible until they canít fit between the surface and the oceans floor, then that lump of energy heading in becomes obvious!

As it was we had to have the boat come and get us in the end and with the very strong westerlies while at the first site, the very intense chop it was creating put a great deal of water in the boat as we tried to get back in through the door way that sometimes allows water to be forced into the boat.

Then it was off to the second site with bilge pump going flat out and the bungs left out to let the water flow from the boat as we headed off, luckily the boat is a self draining hull, or it would have been a little more interesting,lol.

Two of our other club members were doing a coast spot check for collecting opportunities, so they were being kept busy else where, the ones that came along could be one hundred percent there no matter what and that is important when planning boat trips as they can be cancelled at any time due to conditions.

When boat trips are planned you really need to be able to drop everything and go no matter what and commit to the trip whenever it happens.

The boat owner,myself,straddy boy,ignobolis and dendrabate all headed out into a very calm ocean that was well known before we went out that it was hiding a very strong and dangerous current that if not handled right, could send you on your way to New Zealand while being chewed on as you go.

The water was cold, the wind was blowing quite hard at the beginning and freezing, the vis was 6 metres at the first site and 3 metres at the second site, if it wasnít for my semi dry, the day would have been very uncomfortable.
Mmmm,semi dry wet suits in winter, just though I would rub that in,lol.

These are the pics from the day.

Heading out.

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Behind us on the way out once in open ocean.

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Random pics of the day

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Lots of new season anthias around

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Some of the thousands of bleaching corals to be seen,it was a mess from recent dirty waters preventing photosynthetic activities for the algae clades with the corals cells.

Thousands will die from this event as usual.

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Spanish dancer pics.
Several were seen and these are just examples of a juvenile and an adult that seemed quite happy to hang for a time on my glove,lol.

Juvenile
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Adult.
Face
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Body.
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Colours.
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Put back where it was originally.
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Collected life forms.

Ignobolis wanted a mate for his clown fish all ready at home.
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Straddy boy has two other species of lions in the predator tank and this one goes in with them.
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Dendrobate has a nice algae lawn mower with this pretty little istiblennius.
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Heading back in Open Ocean, deceivingly dead clam!!

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At the bar,what bar?
One to four inch swells that day.

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Post  finfan on 24th June 2012, 3:07 am

Awesome g-man....summed up and covered the day very well....

You again showed us some great stuff and taught us were to look for some new critters to notice and admire....thanks mate, I always enjoy spending a day out with our Pres and the gang, your experience shows and is a great thing to be part of......

Looking forward to our next adventure pirat
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Btw - I still want those blue tangs so let's catch up soon ah ....

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Post  Zhyr on 2nd July 2012, 2:28 am

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Post  liquidg on 2nd July 2012, 10:13 am

zhyr wrote:So jealous. Would love a school of Anthias Sad

You have to be ready for them or its just wasting life, mistakes are cool, we all make them, but anthia need good quality food of constant small feeds and very healthy water.

Plus they tend to hide in confined spaces, then crabs and mantis etc get them.

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