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Post  Admin on 18th May 2009, 8:18 am

This was the second main trip of the season and one of the last as this was in mid to late May.

The water is dropping in temp now so we wonít be having many snorkelling adventures until the temps start coming back up,but there will always be a few of us that keep hitting the water no matter how cold it gets.

This trip we had on May 17 acheived for most of us that are into collecting,a large smile on faces that will last for ages,for what we had was a perfect day.

The water was clear, calm and a nice temp, there was so much life around we were regularly asking each other does any one want this fish or whatever and whoever would swim over to the clubby that would say show me, sometimes it was a yes but mostly we moved on due the vast numbers of each species, we only got what was wanted on the day for our tanks and some for other clubbies that could not be there.

Nick was very keen to have a go at collecting his own species and he had a ball, we got him a few lovely fish including a blue angelfish and some others.

The big surprise of the day was how fast Colin has gone from finding it hard to get anything to catching the ever elusive cleaner wrasse for us, he has already worked out one of the hardest fish to get, thatís youth of 26 for you, and he will be doing better than us in no time at all,but than again he did propose to his other half the other day so the ball and chain may be put on,maybe not with these two,she loves the water as much as him.

Colin was lucky,I had no one to watch or learn off in my early days, I have no doubt with his young lungs and being keen to watch and learn, he will be catching a fish or two for us far better than we can soon.

One of the high lights of the day would have to have been our new member Nick being a bit apprehensive of seeing a †shark, which is fair enough to as there was an incident by a small shark, black in colour and I havenít seen this colour type before. I wonít say what happened; it may scare some one unnecessarily.

In that area the more experienced stayed ahead of the others, just in case, only four of us went that far anyway, we didnít stay there long, it can be a bit sharky, we only went there for the prime spot to get a tube worm or two anyway, a young person lost there life to a shark just out from there a while back, though the conditions we were in were as safe as possible for that spot,though it is full of beautiful things, you never trust the marine environment,the fish live there we don't.


Later on we found a few dog sharks, these are whaler sharks and except for inflicting a nasty bruise or a suck by there crusher plates, they are more or less harmless and very tasty.

I got Danny to pull on a particular smallish ones tail out of the many that were there and as i went down and I waited at the front of the rock formation and grabbed its head as it came out and caught it.

They are very strong so nick was called quickly to come and look at his friend, his saw this and you can imagine the reaction.

It was all good fun and though the shark would have made some lovely fillets, it was let go.

There were a couple of turtles around on the day and one had a little fishing line between it's shell and its neck, which wasnít noticeable until it just sat on the bottom while it was videoed, the line was cut off as it was being videoed and off it went.

I think it apprecialed the help as it came back three times after that and came in once very, very close just casualy swimming around us and watching and seemed to not be scared of us at all,infact the complete opposite, they normally take off when you touch a flpper,but not this one,it was quite intent on being a part of what we were doing,shame we didn't have a jelly fish or something like that for it.

The pics and videos that follow are of the day, beginning with the trip out sunrise, finishing with the trip back sunset.
The sun wasn't quite up at this stage.
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This spot has the most interesting snorkelling and in the crack formations there are heaps of crays and a cave for the very experienced to swim in to.
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As you can see,even just after sunrise the water was around 10 to 15 metres vis.
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All around this spot is very nice snorklling and spearing,though the rocks can be a bit unsafe.
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To the right here there is a very nice secluded beach that never has a current in there.
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The first fish is a Pomacanthus semicirculatus,heaps around this year!Quite a few tube worms as well.
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Shane wanted this pineapple fish,you have to snorkel a little deeper for them.
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There have been a few coral beauties this year,as with all the angels.
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This is one of the heaps of box and puffer fish seen and one or two cowfish.
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we were all very tired on the way back after some of us had been in the water for 7 hours chasing our new tank creatures and just cruising around having one of the best trips this season.
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Dannys dive photos .
1.The first one is a very common form of nudi for the area.
2.one of the purple sea urchins found in this area.
3.The little whaler dog shark we used to get Nick excited.
4.One of the many fang blennies in the area.
5.This type of urchin accounts for alot injured divers around here.
6.And of course,you wouldn't be in south east queensland and not see many lizardfish.

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There is so much more to our trip it's rediculous,but there are only so many pics you can put on and there were heaps taken,but the picture that would have told the whole story of the day,would have been if we had a photo of the smiles on all of our faces,as we talked about our adventures on the trip back home!

If any one would like to check the regs for what we do these are the links in our water sports section!

Marine parks,they are all the same-
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Post  DeadSled on 18th May 2009, 9:05 am

Hey mate,

Your right mate, had a ball out there. You forgot the clownfish and the Tang. I think the tang you got me is a Kole tang of some kind, still haven't found an exact name and picture for it on the net yet though.. but it looks awesome in the tank.

I'm gona have to get myself a wet suit, and might go down to the coast later in the week and have a snorkel around and see whats out there.

Hopefully no sharks though Shocked Laughing
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Post  Admin on 18th May 2009, 10:56 am

I can't put every thing in Mate,appart from the work side of it,there is only so much room on the forums and if i put in to much peolple will get board with so much to look go through.

yeh its a nice tang and the ones i have had before have been ultra harmless and will eat anything. Very Happy

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Post  DeadSled on 18th May 2009, 2:10 pm

Yay pics.

Who got the Coral Beauty? I never saw any of those out in the water, and never saw it in the bucket either.

I want another one bad, since my last one from Marine Mates carked it Sad
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Post  Admin on 18th May 2009, 2:34 pm

A mate already wanted one,he got it.

There is a video from the trip with one in it,it was a big one though.

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Post  DeadSled on 19th May 2009, 1:24 am

Ah yep. I never saw it in any of the buckets haha.
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Post  Admin on 19th May 2009, 4:48 am

It was in the blue container with the sunburst in it as was the other fish food fish,i think that was all that was in there.

I saw three that day,Mark saw that whopper as well at the second spot.

I just found a fish i forgot i caught on the trip,a bi colour blennie.

Funny little fish! Smile

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Post  DeadSled on 19th May 2009, 2:05 pm

You caught a Bi-Colour Blenny.. and didn't tell me.. Evil or Very Mad

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Post  Admin on 20th May 2009, 12:45 am

These young people these days are so greedy!! lol!

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Post  DeadSled on 20th May 2009, 5:02 am

Hahaha Razz

If i'd of seen one myself, man.. i wouldn't of let it get away. Was a bit annoyed with that Blenny i did nearly catch though.. i don't know if you heard but had the container over it and tried to get the rock it was hiding in into my container with my knife.. got the rock free and it swam out and then i saw it again sitting on the rock but i couldn't balance and get the container back out of my bag in time and it got away.

Damn things.. their so crafty.
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Post  Admin on 20th May 2009, 9:40 am

Next time sit a large transparent container slowly next to it and very slowly close the other transparent lid pushing it inside.

Oh,sit something like a small bit of algae or a little something hard from the area in the container so it trusts the container and in it will swim.

Patience is sometimes a big winner,fast and hard is okay sometimes,but slow and steady gets them every time lol! ,we aren't after just quantity,its better to go for quality sometimes.

Think of trapping them by outsmarting,not just trapping or chasing.

Did you watch Colin,he has worked out how a cleaner wrasse trys to avoid you already,each and every species does it the same as there counter parts.

Once you watch this happen and remember it,they don't stand a chance of not ending up in the aquarium. lol!

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Post  DeadSled on 20th May 2009, 3:05 pm

When is the next trip anyway? I'm keen on going out to the rockpool.. you know the one i'm talking about haha. Shane said its like a display tank in there..

Didn't see how Colin was catchin em, will have to watch next time.
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Post  Admin on 21st May 2009, 1:14 am

It is a very long way,37 klms by boat and i don't have mine any more so we have to really on dave and he is not the best these days.

This is the link to the pics from the last couple of trips there.

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Post  DeadSled on 21st May 2009, 2:58 am

Going by those pics.. that place looks awesome!

When do you think the next trip will be?
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Post  Admin on 21st May 2009, 4:22 am

the weather will have ruined the ocean for a while and killed off a lot of life with the lowering of salinity.

If conditions are good and numbers are good,the rock pool low tide walk is on for this sunday.

Its mentioned in the club forum!

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Post  DeadSled on 21st May 2009, 11:05 am

Oh.. i never even saw that. I'll go check it out now Smile

Edit: Can't find Sad Can you ring me sometime before Sunday and let me know the details Jeff? If its up the sunny coast, could i hitch a ride with you perhaps? My car won't take the traffic too well.
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Post  Admin on 21st May 2009, 1:00 pm

I will get my dad to check on conditions as he lives up there on saturday.

we can't give you a lift as we are going to his place for the morning and lunch than if we are meeting any one we stop at the spot on the way home.

I think all life in the spot we are going to may have been wiped out by the heavy rains.

That area got the worst of it,the last two time this has happened up there in the late eighties and late nineties,most everything was killed off.

It took three months for the salinity to return to normal and years for the life to re develope.

Its funny how someome with no knowledge can say to you there sometimes,you should not be taking stuff and than nature kills it all.

some areas are lucky to last two years with out being completly killed off due to severe storms.

Message me on saturday,this trip is unsure at this stage,the ocean is going to take a long time to recover from this.

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Post  DeadSled on 21st May 2009, 1:59 pm

Hey Jeff,

Thats ok, how far is it from Brisbane? I'll txt you on Saturday arvo / night and you can let me know if its a yes or a no. What gear do you take for a trip like that? Is it a deep rock pool or just one you walk through?
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Post  Admin on 21st May 2009, 2:26 pm

just a walk through.

Most life forms are there.

you would need the same stuff as the island trip.

just not the snorkelling gear.

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Post  DeadSled on 22nd May 2009, 3:56 am

Ah yep. Yeah was wondering if we'd need the snorkel/mask and flippers or not.

Let me know tomorrow night if its gona be on or not Smile
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