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Hoskyn Islands

Friday, 16 August 2002 | link | tag | / Diving / Australia / QLD - Great Barrier Reef
Back on the Great Barrier Reef again... its been to long. 20 degrees, 20 metre visibility and abundant fish and coral life - it doesn't get any better.

This dive we followed the anchor chain down to 16 metres or so, the normal proceedure for boat diving. Fields of staghorn coral below and swarms of fish, combined with the fantastic visibility means you feel like you're flying above the world.

We swam off to the left of the anchor chain, the coral slowly changing from hard staghorn to the softer brain style corals as the water got slightly shallower.

We saw a couple of nudibranchs, a large blue and yellow specimen a highlight. Lots of different sea anenome, with their usual accompaniment of a pair of striped anenome fish.

After we turned back, we headed down into deeper water a little and swam past a couple of small bommies. Haunting these were 3 of the largest fish I've ever seen. At least 2 of them were hump headed maori wrasse, and possibly the third. Unusually for big fish, they moved away from us as we approached. (I suppose, you don't get to be that big without being cautious).

I had new O-Rings in the camera, so for this first time, I took an empty shell to confirm its seal, it worked fine. In the drink with my old friend Jason - it was nice to have him here, to catch up and to enjoy doing something we have a common interest in.

I had spotted a nice Nudibranch last dive, a large blue and yellow beastie (???), and now that I had my camera with me, I was keen to get a shot of it for my collection.

The current was quite strong for this dive. The tide had changed and the water was moving in the opposite direction than it had been on the previous dive. We moved away from the anchor chain into the current, and slightly towards the island into shallower water.

Ubundant fish life, loitering around the protection of the hard staghorn corals. The fish tended to retreat to the safety of the coral whenever we approached, but if you lingered, they'd cautiously re-emerge.

We spotted a rather angry looking octopus. When I put the video light on it to take a photo, it really set him off. Wave after wave of bright colour flowed over his skin, red, yellow, green...

A few smaller nudibranchs here and there. Is didn't manage to find my little blue and yellow friend though, bugger.