Yes, this was really a long shot but Carel and I were the only guys, apart from the Navy, occupying Long Beach on a Monday morning whilst it seemed everyone else was working !

We were trying out Drysuits, or as Carel said Drysuit–ish gear but managed a pleasant, slow 69 minute dive visiting all the usual Long Beach underwater “tourist destinations”

The Rays kept away from us, again, but we had an interesting visit from amongst others, Flute Fish, Pipe Fish, Mosaic Pleurobranch, Dark Shyshark, the cherry on the cake, although not the largest fish in the sea, a Back Spine cowfish !

Water temp was a pleasant 18 degrees, Viz +/-4m

Words: Rob March

Pics: Carel van der Colff