Collecting trip saturday the 27th february 2010

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Post  liquidg on 28th February 2010, 3:06 am

This trip was on the back of some very damaging rains that have wiped out more than half the marine life in the gold coasts estuaries, not that most divers would realise this as the sports diver is rarely aware of or would notice what we would.

There were no banded shrimp there and the last time we went to this spot a few weeks back there were heaps and we are very aware of what the commercial guys do and it wasn’t them that took them.

The low salinity and higher bacteria levels as a result of this killed them all including the many juvenile painted crayfish that were there last time as well leaving only some of the robust adults to survive the freshwater flush that killed the corals as well trying this time around.

The feather stars, the shrimps of other types, the many harlequin ghost pipe fish, many creatures went down this time, luckily it was not as bad at this spot as the other estuaries along the coast that were wiped out of good marine aquarium life completely.

The very sad part of all this is that the billions and billions of the once only weeks or months back planktonic sized juveniles that had just started their new lives in the rocks,algae,where ever and were just getting big enough to show them selves will never be known as to their true numbers and varied species now because they are all dead.

The juveniles not hardend by life yet cannot with stand this type of torture from trying to survive 12 to 36 hours of freshwater run off greater than the tide can push back to allow some salt water to save them.

We could have had a year of abundant angelfish even better than last years semis,or rare wrasse,who knows now,we will never see them in shore now,this seasons breeding for in close has failed.

The fish we get would have at least some chance of survival as with most aquarium hobbyist’s life forms they catch or buy, but this extreme waste of life that nature has consumed sadly is what we and others did not collect and left behind to die.

The other estuaries get wiped out each 2 to 3 years,therse days mostly each year,but because the large brackish water life forms hang in there and the average sports diver see these as most life still there and are no wiser, even if they were aware the commercial collectors or private collectors like us would get the blame for all this life that has disappeared through a lack of knowledge and with the other divers not aware of the natural kill off,it will go mostly unnoticed.

A call was placed to find out conditions for the day and a very experienced diver we know told us of the conditions and even he said nothing will be affected by these rains,sadly very few realise what has just been lost on our coast line.


We arrived at 6.15 am amonst rain cloud darkness and the day was not great,but for us keen colectors that will take on any conditions it was fantastic,we had a ball!

These out riggers very nearly run you over if you are not very aware.

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The water was not great but at 3 to 5 metres vis max,the half metre vis we have endured at times is always rememberd to reflect on so it was good enough.

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These are some of the goodies collected out of the few the rains did not kill off.

The two little high quality acros we have been watching grow were bleached and dead,oh well next season maybe,lol,no way it doesnt work like that.


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A few underwater pics from the day.

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One of the guys having a swim on scuba.

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One of the few inverts to survive the freshwater flush supported by the dilution of moreton bay waters luckily or these three adult crays that were able to survive the freshwater flush unlike the now dead juveniles, would be dead as well.

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This is the area that the Moreton bay water dilution was not able to save at least some of the life there,this spot normally has a lot of life and is now totaly dead, because of the rain,i wonder who the green divers will blame for this as most do not realise that 99.9 percent of marine aquarium species,inverts and fish, can not live in freshwater for more than a few minutes.

No,they must have been collected not just died horribly from a bacterial death or stress of bad water where they are forced to move along trying to find saltwater and resulting in getting eaten,if they are lucky!Because abnormal over hydrated bloating and internal bacterial deaths are horrific?

They would have at least had a chance for some life beyond this freshwater flush in an aquarium.


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Post  DeadSled on 28th February 2010, 4:04 am

Looks like it was an alright trip afterall. Shame about all the rains though.

What is that yellow fish with the black bands? Is that spoken for? That one looks really cool, never seen one before.
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Post  liquidg on 28th February 2010, 12:09 pm

They are as common as mud deadslead.

They are called soap fish because of the soapy white substance that they release into the water in the bucket on the way home that will if left to long kill all in the bucket.

There are part of the Diploprion group of fishes,this one is bifasciatus i think?

There are at least ten to a hundred at every site the guys go to when collecting.

Rob wanted some tough predators for his tank as he failed with the more delecate species so this time he wanted to give the hunters a go.

These fish can project their mouth just like a lion fish or john dory to grab its prey,they are a serious predator and will try to fit a fish its own size into its mouth.

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Post  DeadSled on 28th February 2010, 12:14 pm

Ahh interesting. I've never seen one before.
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Post  liquidg on 28th February 2010, 12:22 pm

You know i really think you need a new mask Laughing

One thing though is that they do set up shop at the base of the reef or wall so they are never in shallower than 15 to 20 feet and deeper.

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