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Bare Island

Saturday, 3 August 2002 | link | tag | / Diving / Australia / NSW - Sydney / Botany Bay
Shark survey. We attempted to catch and record as many Port Jackson sharks as we could. We ended up seeing 4 males, and 2 females, and mesuring nearly two - its far harder than it might appear.

The dive was hampered by conditions turning bad towards the end of the dive, the current picked up and we were sloshed about quite badly. We were exhausted by the time we made it back to the exit point.After the previous gruelling adventure with the sharks, Kerry and I were keen for easy and fun. We nearly got it.

This dive we went off on our own to explore the reef that heads of from the west side of Bare Island. This would be a test of our ability to navigate as a buddy pair, as the last time we tried it at Oak Park was a dismal failure.

This time we’re pleasantly surprised to find that we found the reef, enjoyed its offerings, and made it nearly back to the exit point without having to come to the surface for directions.

When we did surface, however, we had a little snorkelling to do, as I couldn’t go back down – I didn’t have enough air. We were both exhausted when we got back – the rough conditions really do exact their toll.

Overall the dive was good. A successful buddy only dive, and there were plenty of nudibranchs and big red morwong’s about. With it being a bit rough, we didn’t see any Weedy’s.