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Rockingham Wreck Trail

Scorpion fish by Martin Crossley

Reports of jellyfish were featuring strongly in the weekend dive reports, but after canoeing in the river they were clearly everywhere, so the choice was simply which sea site with a strong southerly. Now, the North Mole is without doubt a great dive site in such instances, but I chose the Rockingham Wreck Trail without an intrepid rock clamber for a change and tempted participants with vinegar, and bugger me, 15 people turned up!

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Point Peron scuba dive for the new year of 2020

Weedy sea dragon by Martin Crossley

The first club dive of 2020 and after a gourmet bbq breakfast, 23 Club Divers descended on the Point this Sunday morning to the sight of great conditions and only the smallest of breakers. After an easy snorkel out to the Northern end of the farthest reef, we dropped 8m in 23oC to a sandy seabed and then joined the reef wall following it on our left shoulder.

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Night diving on the North Wall at Coogee

Port Jackson Shark by Martin Crossley

Once again looking for somewhere not regularly visited for the night dives, the wind direction and swell coupled with an eye on the webcams at Fremantle harbor and Trigg somehow brought the North wall at Coogee into the crosshairs. Not a spot I’d done as a night dive so it was an instant choice. Three adventurous and Christmas shopping adverse divers came along and we were soon heading into surprisingly +7m viz as we cleared the short stretch of shallows and dropped quickly down to 5m.

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Schooling fish, warm water, huge octopus and blue ring octopus rescue!

Blue ring octopus in a Sirena tuna can

This Sunday morning was great for diving, and almost perfect weather was enjoyed by all 23 of our divers on the Club Dive list today. The water conditions were slightly bumpy due to the winds not being exactly as predicted, particularly in the shallows, but stable once we got some depth. The visibility in the water was between 4-7 meters or so. The water was at 22C, so I changed into short wetsuit already, and it didn’t feel cold at all. We were surrounded by schools of small stripey fishes, few talmas, some morwong, and some soft corals we seen also. Some divers saw seahorses, a stingray, and a large octopus near the end of groyne.

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Exploring underwater at Jervoise Bay harbour wall

Manta Club divers at Jervoise Bay

Keeping an eye on the weather since early morning, the downpour hammering on the roof at work around 2pm had me thinking this would be anyone’s guess regarding viz at tonight’s proposed site and I quickly thought-up a river site in reserve. Thankfully my hedging bets on the inside of the Jervoise Bay harbour being secluded enough from the weather having done a reckie a few weeks earlier during a similar crap spell, all paid off.

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