CTBAR is thriving

A couple of dives in the aquatic reserve in recent days have found a few interesting fish. The water is creeping up and is now above 20 degrees and recent finds have included Gaimard Wrasse, Black Cod (protected in NSW), pipefish, parrotfish and a large weedy dragon has been spotted on several occasions

 

Diving Shelly Beach again!

After a 13 month absence, travelling the beautiful country, I jumped into the water at Cabbage Tree Bay again with dive buddy Peter.

The welcoming party made me wish I had brought a camera as we found a weedy sea dragon, Shelly the green turtle with a radio transmitter, parrot fish, a gaimard wrasse, a big bull ray, and the following day three juvenile pipefish, yellow finned damsel, eastern frogfish, and juvenile weed fish hiding in seaweed fragments drifting around the bay. Wobbegong sharks are in abundance to celebrate their mating season, with barely a rock unoccupied where they can squeeze under.

The weedy sea dragon was great news as the local population just disappeared overnight about 4-5 years ago now and they are seldom seen these days. Hopefully this is a sign of a comeback in the population.

Chrysiptera flavipinnis

Yellow-finned damsel (Chrysiptera flavipinnis)