Jabren Wreck, Gold Coast, Australia

Stunning conditions for diving today with moderately flat seas, sunny skies, little wind and no current at the dive site. You really couldn’t ask for more.

After the guys on CCR came back from their dive Nick and I jumped in. It was warm and toasty and my computer read thirty one degrees as the maximum, although it felt more like twenty six or seven so the computer may have been generous.

As we headed down to the wreck the visibility started to become cloudy at about twenty metres and dropped from twenty five metres to about twelve at the bottom. We also hit a thermocline and the temperature dropped down to twenty one metres. At about twenty five metres I started to feel the effects of Narcosis. This was strange as I wasn’t that deep but probably due to the quick change in water temperature.

Nick tied off his reel to the anchor and looked for the wreck, it was about twenty metres ahead so we swam over.

The wreck was absolutely covered in small fish called Indian Scad. There must have been thousands and it was hard to see the wreck for them. I spotted a Lionfish, hundreds of Ypsilon Bullseye fish which are the small beady eyed bright yellow ones, and four large Black Cod.


As I explored the top deck I could see shadows in the sandy distance of the Stern. I swam over to check it out and greeted two large Black Cod hanging out with a couple of hundred very large Jewfish.

Time as usual flies at forty metres so back up the line to do some decompression stops on the way. At about fourteen metres Nick yells out and points… I can see something by the line and at first I think its a Ray but upon closer inspection I see its a Dolphin!

Now for a good ten seconds I was second guessing that because I had hallucinated a Dolphin once before when diving a fifty metre wreck called The Sea Rogue. Turned out that time it was just a diver! Laughs.

But this time I was at Fourteen metres, I double checked my computer, yup fourteen, no it really is a Dolphin! Cool. I descended down a bit closer to it, and it was the largest Dolphin I have ever seen in my life. It was playing with the slack rope, rubbing itself against it, having a scratch.

I could see in that moment how Dolphins get caught in fishing line, hooks or nets by displaying this rubbing behaviour.

The video is not that smooth due to me trying to act like a clown with my feet and left hand so it would come over to me. I also tried high pitch humming which it didn’t seem to like. No surprises there as I am a terrible singer. But at the end it did come hurtling directly towards me, staring right into the lens before it shot up to the surface and out of sight.

What an epic dive!

Maximum time: forty eight minutes. Maximum depth: thirty eight metres.