Long beach at its best in every way

 Morning…post from Rochelle….am at Long Beach if anyone would like to join me.

Me….mmm well I am alone today….yes get off my butt and go.

Arrive…27 degrees, sunny, Rochelle catching a tan.

Rochelle…I am getting hot, lets dive, I have my camera housing back. (Hopefully not leaking)

 

Water was 17 degrees, snorkelling out from the beach, I thought we were at home in my pool. Had to stop and take 2 to realise the viz was incredible. For me the clearest yet at this both loved and despised spot for diving !

It was all excitement cause I could get to be the under water model. It was a real fun dive, so relaxed we just wallowed in the moments. Rochelle taking pics, myself the poser, or just cruising to the next spot that caught our eye !

Everything was abundant in colour, the coral, the fans, the pipe fish, the PLENTIFUL cuttlefish, the nudi’s, the little blue fin gurnards scurrying along the sea bed, the box jellies even had purple shades.

Long beach was at its best in every way, one of those dives that you sometimes wondered if you were really under water…. And that was because after 75 minutes Rochelle asked me how much air I had left, and I was too relaxed to even figure out what she was signalling…oops !

Dive Report: Longbeach, 25 Feb 2012

Finally I saw them all. I convinced Rod, Graham and Ander to walk to the Brunswick and then swim back towards Long beach. My reason: we might get bored just swimming down the pipeline and around the wreck and then still have a lot of air left.

No Brunswick but the best Long beach dive ever! So typical and unexpected this ray swam past me and almost next to it a smaller one was giving us his feeding performance in its hole. The pink mosaic pleurobranch, octopi, pipefish, flute fish, orange clubbed nudibranch and gurnard was also interesting. The cherry on the cake was the double sash butterfly fish. We all achieved something: Ander did his 90th dive, closing in on 100 soon. Rod navigated perfectly and Graham was very impressed with his air consumption on my longest dive ever of 70 min.

 

 

Contributing factors was 19 degree water and not deeper than 5 meters with average viz.

Naomi