Currumundi reef dive pics, in very dirty water!!

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Currumundi reef dive pics, in very dirty water!!

Post  liquidg on 12th December 2014, 2:51 am

I went to find the hot cross bun style of reef with the cod hole next to it section out off Currumundi reef, I use to dive there many years ago and know the several square kilometre reef well!
It is extensive on top from 8 to 15 feet deep then down to 78 feet and it becomes sparse then and in big swells is a fantastic wave that lifts and stays a massive wall for ages til it throws over, especially the left hander towards the creek that works best at 6 to 15 feet.

It was not easy to find that little section of the reef after all tis time, but with land marks I remember from back 20 or so years, i found it, couldnít see it properly, but we found it.

There were semicirculatus, Meredithi angels, large cod, crays, and much more, just like it was back in the day, but due to the vis, you near on had to run into them to see them and I would imagine there was a lot!! that we couldn't see due to the vis.
As with all of the sunshine coast, it is invert city!

The vis is deceiving in this pic, it was 5 metres vis and warm and 25c at the surface, but near and at the bottom it was 18c and less then a metre vis to just making out shapes 2 metres away.


An unusual sponge.


Heaps of sea stars here.




White nudis eating soft coral


All corals feeding on abundant plankton due to sediment and nutrients washed out from estuaries and stirred up with wind swells that come out due to massive shore line development on the sunshine coast that started to do real damage 15 to 25 tears back †and enhanced by the Moreton island blocking affect.
With phytoplankton so plentiful and with dirty water, this helps the zooplankton come out to eat the phyto safely and a massive feed is on with all plankton food groups for the filter feeders.








A lot of quadricolor anems as well as crispas, but the other pics didnít turn out due to dirty waters.
Anem shrimp, the clown pics were too blurry.


Algae like a flower.


Many mini maxis about.


The most common nudi on the sunshine coast that is obvious.


Halymenia in masses.


Corallines of all kinds.


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Post  Izrah on 13th December 2014, 12:20 am

liquidg wrote:

Algae like a flower.


Many mini maxis about.



So many threads with wonderful photos of many creatures I never knew existed, these look awesome Shocked
Still looking through the threads that may take me months cheers

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Post  ovakil on 14th December 2014, 6:48 am

Do you have to dive in slack tides only ?
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Post  liquidg on 14th December 2014, 12:17 pm

Ay?? Where do you mean mate? There is near never any noticeable current at Currumundi reef !

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Post  ovakil on 20th December 2014, 10:07 am

Never been there.Thought it might be like the GC Seaway.
So you can dive anytime.

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Post  liquidg on 22nd December 2014, 3:48 am

ovakil wrote:Never been there.Thought it might be like the GC Seaway.
So you can dive anytime.

No mate itís in open ocean!
The reef starts maybe a hundred feet due north of Currumundi creek ocean entrance and it starts a K from the shore in 25ish feet then up to 8 feet at its shallowest and out to sea maybe two and half Ks down to around 85 feet at its deepest and the shallows are not called Currumundi reef, the over all reef is.
Itís very large reef and very much in open ocean and rare that its clear as well.

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Post  ovakil on 22nd December 2014, 6:11 am

Gotcha, not a shore dive. Lol

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Post  ReeferRob on 23rd December 2014, 4:25 am

Was that Maze brain in that dirty water as well?
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Post  liquidg on 23rd December 2014, 8:12 am

Yep we get quite a bit around here.
There are three colours from recent dives that have not gone in yet, maybe by the weekend.

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