Tonight our diving foursome turned into a twosome so Jerry and I ended uping go for a quick splash after work tonight on the South Coast in Wellington... Despite the northerly over the last two days there was still as reasonable swell on the South Coast, so we decided to hit the relative shelter of Island Bay and dive the reef running from the Baithouse out to the east of the Island.
Viz was pretty average mostly 2 - 3 meters, I couldn't see jerry if he was more than a body length away from me if he was shinning his torch forward.
On jumping in I quickly thought its time to switch form the 5 to 7mm wetsuit and start diving in neoprene gloves, the water temp has got down to single digits 9 degrees c.. sigh..
Despite the poor viz there was as always allot to see, saw a monster bubbles red cod in the rocks amongst the kelp, the biggest tarakihi I have seen on a shore dive was sitting in the sand on the weed line.. Both disappeared before I got my act together with camera... Along a bit further and I spied a skate half buried in the sand, we have seen a few of these lately, I love the shovel snout they have.. Saw the usual crayfish in the rocks and seahorses on the kelp, but tonight I saw something else... My first WEEDFISH!!
Jerry was taking pics of a wandering anemone and I was having a good look around keeping out of his way, but still in site, which was a challenge, out of the corner of my eye I spied this very strange redish looking leafy thing... On closer inspection, it was a fish.. A weedfish, I think! It was very shy and quickly buggered off excuse the poor pic.. But this was a first for me and I thought it was very cool!!!
On surfacing beside the Baithouse, I felt something whack into my hand.. Kamikaze piper, attracted to the light.. There were dozens of them, amazing indigo colours..
All and all a pretty enjoyable dive, but what dives aren’t??
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on Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:16 am, edited 1 time in total.