I had an early day off work and decided to make the most of the sunshine and drove through to Pisces Divers to pick up Carel for a shore dive. I got distracted en route by coffee and pretty, shiny jewellery so arrived a bit late. In the end, Herman joined me for a beautiful sunset dive – the light was just fantastic!
We walked under the road from Pisces Divers to Glencairn beach and hugged the rocks as we dived. It was very surgy but beautiful. I was surprised by the abundant life on the rocks so close to a popular beach. We saw nudibranchs, Double Sash Butterfly Fish and even a battered green, army man.
A group of 8 us from both OMSAC and Pisces Divers set out on a night dive at Long Beach. Carel had 2 Advanced students with him who did a little navigation and then on we went to some dicovering. There was plenty to see and I have a new found respect for Long Beach – always something new on offer! Although Ander and I did not see the rays this dive, the others in the group did. I wonder if they ever sleep?!?
The dive was a very pleasant 19 degrees and viz of about 8-10m. All in all a worth while effort 🙂
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.