Return to Christies Reef

October 14, 2019 | Posted in: Coastal species, Dive Reports, Species lists

Return to Christies Reef

by Steve Reynolds

A small group of us visited Christies Reef on 11th October 2019. It was a return visit for myself, following up on my visit there earlier in the year. The three of us got to dive independently (unintentionally). My own dive time underwater was a miserable 45 minutes, but I had enjoyed exploring the area at depths of 1 to 4m at low tide.

It was no where near the enjoyment of my previous dive there as I didn’t see too many fish this time. It is believed that I didn’t wander far enough south or far enough inshore to see the same amounts of fish this time.

I didn’t get to take many underwater photos on this short dive, but a review of those that I did take helps me to add a few species to the list that I started in Species Sighted at Witton Bluff & Christies Reef .

Items that stand out as new sightings (for me) are: golfball sponge, sea tulip, squid eggs and the red alga Osmundaria.

Here below are my photos of those sightings: –

golfball sponge (& sea urchin)

sea tulip

squid eggs

The red alga Osmundaria

It will be nice to dive this site from time to time, especially closer to shore and Witton Bluff.

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.

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  1. David Muirhead
    October 14, 2019

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    Thanks Steve and I had a roughly 90 minutes dive, came out cold but happy. Saw a good variety of life but few fish ,more invertebrates and algae. Many pics of the above I’ve submitted to iNat biodata site so anyone can view those and you can expand your list sos

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