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Gordons Bay

Sunday, 24 November 2002 | link | tag | / Diving / Australia / NSW - Sydney
Ive never before seen so much life on a single dive. Everywhere you shone your light there were hundreds of little things (and not so little things) scurrying for cover. There were sea hares, brittle stars, hermit crabs, hinge back shrimp, baby squid, nudibranchs, and fish, large and small.

Being a particularly warm evening, the water at the surface was correspondingly warm, but seemed to be quite cold at the 10 metre mark about 16 degrees Id say. The cold, surprisingly, was the reason we finished early our air consumption was going very well after 45 minutes, I still had 120 bar.

The water was flat as a pin and entry and exit was a snack. We followed a wall off to the right of the entry point and headed in a sort of circle around the inner part of the bay. The wall was fantastic. The wall was covered in weeds at the top, 4 to 5 metres high with crevices and caves everywhere. Sea hares mating in the weeds, wonderfully coloured plant life and large red morwong were in abundance.

The nudibranchs were the highlight of the dive. I saw 5 new ones ones Id not seen before, 2 of them Ive yet to see in a book Its such a buzz to see new things, especially as exotic as the nudibranchs we encountered. I even managed to get splendid photos of them.

All around this dive was an excellent end to a sweltering work day. It is easily a 5 star dive. [[thumb|