A dive ‘full of 9’s’
December 2, 2015 | Posted in: Dive Reports
Chris Hall and I dived together at Rapid Bay on 21st November. Although there isn’t anything unusual about that, one thing about the dive inspired me to write about it.
It was a dive ‘full of 9‘s’!
We made plans for our dive on 19th November. We planned to meet at Rapid Bay jetty at 9am. We spent 79 minutes underwater. Our maximum depth was 9.9m. The water temperature was a constant 19C.
That’s about it really, except that the viz was poor compared to my previous dive there three weeks earlier. The sea was calm but the sky was overcast. We didn’t get into the water until about 10.15am. We entered from the divers’ platform on the new jetty and swam underwater along the short trail to the old jetty. We then swam slowly out to the outer end of the old jetty.
We both had cameras with us and we took photographs on the way out. We saw lots of fish, including black banded sea perch, a leafy seadragon, weedy whiting, schools of pike & scad, and scaly fins tending to their eggs.
Here are some of my favourite photos from the dive: –
We also saw lots of invertebrate life, such as these tubeworms: –
This particular growth reminded me of something that I found during my dives in Waikiki in January 2015: –
The above growth reminded me of this photo taken in Waikiki: –
Although the Rapid Bay dive did not compare to my previous one there, it was still very satisfying and interesting.
Steve Reynolds is the current President of MLSSA and is a long-standing member of the Society. Steve is a keen diver, underwater explorer, photographer and is chief author of the Society's extensive back catalogue of newsletters and journals.