The Sea Rogue, New South Wales, Australia

Sunday 3rd April 2016

Flat seas, sun shining, hardly a breath of wind and almost no current as we pulled up to the site of The Sea Rogue.

The boys in CCR descended first with their scooters to position the anchor. Then the GUE divers and scooters and Nick and I soon after. I played around at ten metres for a few minutes getting my focus right and lights in position.

We descended down the line and there was a lot of sea fluff in the water. It went from blue to green as we dropped past twenty odd metres and hit a slight thermocline where the water temperature dropped down from a balmy twenty seven degrees to twenty two.

As we approached the wreck it looked dark, gloomy and mysterious like all good wrecks do. The divers looked pretty cool approaching the wreck with all their gear so I got a few shots of them. I circumnavigated the wreck, glancing over the sandy bottom into the distance to check for Sharks or large schools of Pelagics. I swam out to get some shots of the Bow from a distance and the divers light shining in different directions over the wreck looked fantastic.

I was feeling narked but fine enough to know what I wanted to film, trying this time to steady the camera more than the last shakier footage I got when I was completely narked off my face. Wobbegongs sat around and under the hull. The amount of soft Corals on the wreck was amazing, in every colour you can imagine.

I noticed some rubber mats lying on the deck and some more plates. There is still a fishing rod sitting against the wall in the toilet flooded with hundreds of Ypsilon Bullseye fish. A few dozen Silver Drummer hung out by the nets near a small Lionfish that gobbled up its breakfast.

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Hawkfish, Red Morwong, Longfin Bannerfish to name a few, all swarmed and huddled together over the wreck, peering out at humans for the first time it seemed. I felt like I had only just gotten to the deck and twenty minutes was already up. I went forward towards the toilet and gleered at the doorway of the cabin, extremely tempted to go over and stick the camera inside but with our bottom time finished I knew better, and we started our ascent.

The boys saw a large school of Pelagics in the distance, and I noticed a large school of smaller fish perhaps Amber Jacks.

A pretty easy dive but always way too short to see everything you want. That’s why its always exciting to go back next time, because you never know what you might notice that you didn’t previously.