Saturday 22nd March 2013
Today I was excited to be trying a new dive site. We got EAN29 maximum operating depth to dive a deeper site called Cape Pin about five minutes south of Julian Rocks. I had never heard of Cape Pin before as it is quite a hard site to get to due to large currents and weather.
The visibility was surprisingly good and there was no current, even on the surface. As I descended I guessed that the conditions were probably some of the best that this site would usually ever have.
It’s always nice having a lazy dive with no current but unfortunately the downside is there is little marine life in such conditions. Cape Pin is a pinnacle that starts at about twenty eight metres on high tide and the bottom is forty two metres. I completed a twenty three minute dive, was one minute to decompression, the other’s computers were more generous and they got more bottom time, so I would probably opt to take my conservatism down to 0 next time if in similar easy conditions.
Dave M. was first in and the only diver to see a small Bronze Whaler that then quickly scattered. I saw a Bull ray, a few Numb Rays, some Cod on the bottom, some large Kingfish, Nick saw a large Grouper, plenty of Nudibranches apparently but I never saw any as I was too busy looking for Sharks, schools of small Snapper, and soft corals on the rock. It was a pleasant dive and great conditions, would love to do it again in a current next time.
Our second dive was at Julian Rocks and of course with all the recent excitement on Facebook of the Needles going off we planned on spending it there. The visibility was pretty good at twenty metres dropping away to five metres once you got around to the trenches.
There were a few dozen Leopard sharks very animated and friendly in what we now call ‘the Aquarium’, I got some good close up footage of some being cleaned on the sand, and they seemed completely unphased by the divers. There was no current and we were enjoying a magic dive.
I saw Sting Rays, Bull Rays, many different schools of Tropical fish, a school of Barracuda that encased both Nick K and Nick R, a school of baby Snapper, Green turtles and the resident Loggerhead turtle. Some of the other divers saw a Manta Ray. As we still had plenty of gas left in our tanks and the rest of the divers were still underwater we decided to continue diving and I completed a seventy seven minute dive.
Today was just a magic day in and above the water, just beautiful conditions at the moment around Brunswick and Byron Bay. A lot of natural light and amazing Visibility at the Needles Julian Rocks which makes for some great footage.