Foggy Fish

Trachichthys australis (Roughy) - Foggy Fish
Epizoanthus sabulosus (on hydroid) - Foggy Fish
Solanderia fusca (Dusky Hydroid) - Foggy Fish
Soft Corals (Order Alcyonacea) - Foggy Fish
Primnoella australasiae (Sea Whip) - Foggy Fish
Parazoanthus sp. (Yellow Zoanthids) - Foggy Fish
Dendronephthya sp. (Giant Cauliflower) - Foggy Fish
Sigillina australis (Southern Ascidian) - Foggy Fish
Botrylloides leachi - Foggy Fish
Polycitor giganteus (Giant Jelly Ascidian) - Foggy Fish
Ascidians (Class ASCIDIACEA) - Foggy Fish
Plectaster decanus (Mosiac Star) - Foggy Fish
Glossodoris angasi (Angas's Glossodoris) - Foggy Fish
Chromodoris splendida (Splendid Chromodoris) - Foggy Fish
Glossodoris atromarginata (Black Margined Glossodoris) - Foggy Fish
Heterodontus portusjacksoni (Port Jackson Shark) - Foggy Fish
Eubalichthys bucephalus (Black Reef Leatherjacket) - Foggy Fish
Synodus variegatus (Variegated Lizardfish) - Foggy Fish
Aulopus purpurissatus (Sergeant Baker) - Foggy Fish
Sponges (PORIFERA) - Foggy Fish

Foggy Fish is a fantastic reef dive which is part of the Foggy Reef system off Bateau Bay. It is about 450m South West of Foggy Cave, well known for the it aggregating Grey Nurse Sharks.

The reef here is kelp covered and approximately 28m deep. The edge of the reef drops to 32m and there are a number of large boulders off the reef. The reef has a number of cracks, gutters and holes to explore and the reef edge and boulders out in the sand are covered in fixed growth. The growth includes Hydroids, Gorgonians, many Sea Whips, Ascidians, Sea Tulips and Bryozoa. You may also find the encrusting Zooanthid, Epizoanthus sabulosus covering hydroid trees. Given the fixed growth, Nudibranchs are also plentiful as well.

The fish life at this site is also prolific (hence the name I presume). The fish at the site include:

  • Port Jackson Shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni)
  • Six Spine Leatherjacket (Meuschenia freycineti)
  • Black Reef Leatherjacket (Eubalichthys bucephalus)
  • Maori wrasse (Ophthalmolepis lineolata)
  • Variegated Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus)
  • Sergeant Baker (Aulopus purpurissatus)
  • Half Banded Seaperch (Hypoplectrodes maccullochi)

To dive the site you simply dive up and down the reef edge which is well defined. Seek to anchor at the edge of the reef to make navigation easy. The GPS Mark for the site is S33º24.179' E151º32.046' (WGS84 hdddºmm.mmm').