Monday, April 25, 2011

Wet Back

Upside down looking fish! And I found the slug again with l33t nav skilz.

The water is still pretty clear and warm, and a lot of tropicals are still hanging out.

This slug blends in with his food, just like the orange sponge slug featured in Sea Slugs of New South Wales. Here he bites on to a algae bubble, pops and consumes it.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Experimental Dive

I decided to dive Coogee because no one ever does and the swell was too big to do Shark Point. I was rewarded by a new slug find near the end of the dive. It is a mimic of the bulbous plants around it. It hid its head after I was flushing past it back and forth 2m in the swell. It was so frustrating I yelled in my regulator.

A lot of kelp space between bommies, but there was some great life out there that I hadn't seen elsewhere.

These guys are surrounding their fall clutch.

This guy was great at hiding, and made some explosive bursts back into the sand when disturbed.

Rainbow fish and rainbow coogee.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Clear Dives

The vis has been so good, I did three dives last weekend. This is a horned shark, and a party slug.

This guy was amazing because all the others I've seen are bright yellow, and he's f'ing purple!

The slugs below look so different, but are mating... and are hermaphroditic.

Pygmy firefish (lionfish).

Great vis, little clingfish baby.

Caves so pretty and little surges.

Ledges, beardy and a busted giant cuttlefish.

A new flatworm!

Old wives and 50' vis... 23°C = 73°F.

Wobbe and the Blues

Got lost following this guy around Shark Point on Sunday.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fall 2011 Terrestrial Activity II

I found these 4 stained glass windows on the street the other day, almost crashed turning around to pick them up.

These guys were hanging out on the roof next to our place. Giant kingfisher relatives.

We went camping with a few families over the weekend, and it was fun to be around kids again but a little weird being the only childless couple there.

There was an eagle in the tree across the bay.

It really feels like fall here now.