Another Shark Encounter
12.04.2013 - 13.04.2013
We woke up early, with minimal travel time, of a 5 sec walk to the front, we were strangely on time. We got kitted up and headed out. We both took the obligatory travel sickness tablets, and took the boat out.
A few kit differences, we used the heavier wetsuits, because the water was so cold, a good 21 degrees, unlike the 28 degree of the tropical barrier reef. We also had weights in our BCs and not the traditional weight belt, very exciting for the dive minded. The dive site was famed for large fish and so we were excited to be going deep into the pinnacle.
We jumped in and headed down, we certainly felt the cold, but the wetsuits soon kicked in and provided that layer of warmth. It took a little whole to get down to the 30m bottom, which was even colder. But we were soon rewarded for our efforts. A big nurse shark about 3m cruised past and was soon met by another. We enjoyed the dive with these beautiful creatures and took some videos before heading off to see what else could find. It didn't take long before we had spotted a ray, a large cod and some Wollongong (small camouflaged shark like creature), who remained silent against the rocks. Our bottom time (time spent at 30m) was short be use you use more air at that depth, so 15m later we were heading back up to the surface.
A short break later we headed to another dive site, which was shallower and therefore should provide a good 40-60m bottom time. It was a different site, with rocks creating small valleys protected from the ocean. Protected was slightly overstated, as the current meant sometime you would be swimming hard but stationary and other times you would shoot forwards in a surge. The rocks where covered in a kelp like Forrest which meant cover for nervous sealife which might allow us to sneak up on them.
Sure enough we spent a good 45 mins enjoying the sealife, including a small turtle and numerous rays. Just when I thought the fish had disappeared I moved above a rock and kelp to look the other side and a nurse shark sailed overhead, coming in the other direction. it was so close I could feel the water displacement from it, it then causally swam off. I am not afraid to say that my adrenaline had kicked in a gear and I was rather awake at this point. It was a fabulous moment, but unfortunately happened so quick it was difficult to take any pictures. This dive however, took us both to 21 dives whilst away, pretty good effort.
After the dive, we ate lunch and then back on the road into Sydney. Another good 500km. Stopping at t excellent stop we had stayed in on the way up, we couldn't help feel our tour Australia was coming to an end, which it was. We navigated Sydney and managed to avoid the poor driving, dangerous lane changes and very uncourteous drivers; some things we won't miss. We settled into the cinema to pass a few hours and use the free cinema tickets we had. We watched the new Tom cruise film oblivion, a very weird concept. After the film and late at night we stayed in the local park, where I exercised whilst living in manly, since I had seen many campers there during my morning work outs, it was the perfect spot in a city which has few available.