Ornate Wobbegong shark
Port Jackson Shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni)
Crested Horn Shark (Heterodontus galeatus)
A mixed weekend of weather didn’t impact the perfect conditions beneath the glassy surface of Cabbage Tree Bay. Visibility of some 15m is unusually clear for the reserve and heaps to see. The abundance of sharks still prevails with port Jackson and crested horn sharks patrolling reef and sand looking for partners. Ornate wobbegongs lurk (because that’s what sharks do according to the media) under rocky overhangs and watch the divers swim past.
A solitary eastern rock lobster scurried across the sand and under a rock ledge, quite possibly the only live one I have ever seen in the reserve. You often spot discarded shells but rarely live ones.
A couple of sick looking stripey catfish hung around the sand flats but there were a number of different nudibranch species around too.
When you swim through the sea,
An eel swims up to me
It’s a Moray!
It’s a Moray!
The view from the surface
My dive buddy Matt
On a sunny warm Sunday that is Father’s Day I couldn’t resist a dive with my best mate Matt. We lost count of the number of Port Jackson sharks swimming around but now the females have arrived breeding season is well under way for them. Quite a few ornate wobbegongs were found too, and a healthy number of blue groper, blackfish, eastern hulafish and mado swarm the reef on the eastern side of the beach. There was even a small kingfish hiding amongst them in the shallows. We found a large stingaree and an eagle ray over the sand and some very colourful rocks encrusted with coral, sponges and weed, but no seadragons.
The yellow Moray eel was the highlight. I think it could see it’s reflection in the port dome of the camera and was giving itself a threatening show of teeth.