Beyond the reserve

With the prevailing NE winds and stinking hot sun the visibility and conditions within Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve are not very appealing so a trip to Chowder Bay was in order. With water clarity usually poor here you have to look harder to find critters and they abound, a macro photographers dream!

The seahorses were in a friendly mood and happy to show themselves off, one of them a very unusually white White’s Seahorse. Tiger Pipefish were everywhere you looked, my dive buddy Matt and I rudely interrupted a couple in the middle of a courting display.

Across the sand we found a small tooth flounder and several Armena nudibranchs that eat the plentiful sea pens that inhabit the sandy flats.

A Brown Sabretooth Blenny emerged from it’s home in a bottle, uncertain it hovers half in, half out, before exiting and swimming to safety.

Any interesting change of dive site, warm water and lots to see.


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