First dive for 2017

A southerly change has cooled down the air and brought warmer waters back into the reserve at Cabbage tree Bay. Visibility has improved slightly and on the high tide there was much to find for those prepared to look hard.

Some photos here of some less often seen residents of the bay.

Today’s highlights included a Yellow Crested Weedfish, a Vanderbildt’s Chromis, a tassel-snouted flathead, juvenile southern fusilier, and a different type of weedfish.

There were also nudibranchs, plenty of wobbegong sharks, stars and stripes puffer fish, giant cuttlefish and lots of colourful juvenile parma (white-ear, girdled and scalyfin).

Tropical species will start arriving in numbers very soon on the East Australian current (EAC), a warm current pushing down the coast at this time of year from the Great Barrier Reef



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