I was staying at the Point Turton Caravan Park during a heatwave at the end of December 2007. I wanted to dive at Magazine Bay on this trip. I may have gone there late on 30th December to do just a reconnaissance snorkel to see what the area was like.
I did a 15-minute snorkel on the left hand (eastern?) side of the bay. I saw lots of fish, including a box fish there. That was all the incentive that I needed to return for a scuba dive the next day (New Year’s Eve).
Due to the excessive heat conditions that week, it was necessary to be in the water by 8am. I was diving alone, with my wife Noeleen acting as lookout for me. I headed straight for the western side of the bay this time. I saw lots of fish again, including an eagle ray.
The sea was flat calm, and it was a sunny day. The visibility was good (or better) and I enjoyed an hour in the water. The standout feature of the dive was seeing so many purple urchins, Heliocidaris erythrogramma. I took several photos of those sea urchins during my dive.
This photo later featured on page xxv of “Ecology of Australian Temperate Reef – The Unique South”, along with the caption “Mini-barrens formed by the purple urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma in SE Spencer Gulf (photo Steve Reynolds)”: –
My solo dive at Magazine Bay, near Point Turton in 2007 resulted in three previous articles: –
The only time that I have been able to return to Magazine Bay for a dive occurred when Real Life Surveys were looking for a location to do some monitoring training on that side of Yorke Peninsula. I initroduced them to the site, which seemed to work out okay for them & I. Being so busy training though, I didn’t get much chance to appreciate the dive to the same extent.