Foolhardiness or Courageous at Long Beach

With the wind feeding us sand and very choppy surface conditions, Zelda and I were rewarded with an awesome 79 minute dive at good ol’ faithful Long Beach. Conditions below were much kinder with 5 metre viz in 17 degree water. We got to see a few eerie looking octopuses cloaking themselves in their tentacles. There were a few pipe fish fluttering around and a scurrying cuttle fish. A group of crazy hermit crabs trying to do a stack which was funny to watch as they kept rolling off each other. Maybe they should try planking. We encountered a school of silver fish in a feeding frenzy and on our way out I encountered a ray with a wingspan of about a metre.

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.