Spring has arrived ... 01/09/2013

Trachurus novaezelandiae (Yellow-Tail Scad) - Forresters Reef
Glossodoris atromarginata (Black Margined Glossodoris) - 5 Mile Reef
Sphaerokodisis australis (Southern Sea Fan) - 5 Mile Reef
Primovula rosewateri (Rosewater Egg Cowry) - 5 Mile Reef
5 Mile Reef
MV Muddpuddlediver II
Flabellina rubrolineata (Red-lined Flabellina) - Forresters Reef
Forresters Reef
Allied Cowries (Family Ovulidae) - Forresters Reef
Petricia vernicina (Velvet Star) - Forresters Reef
Sponges (PORIFERA) - Forresters Reef
Heterodontus portusjacksoni (Port Jackson Shark) - Terrigal Haven
Apogon limenus (Sydney Cardinalfish) - Terrigal Haven
Scorpis lineolata (Sweep) - Terrigal Haven
Sepia plangon (Mourning Cuttlefish) - Terrigal Haven
Philinopsis sp - Terrigal Haven
Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus (Australian fur seal)
Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus (Australian fur seal)
3 Sisters
3 Sisters
3 Sisters
3 Sisters
Scorpaena cardinalis (Red Rock Cod) - 3 Sisters
Heterodontus portusjacksoni (Port Jackson Shark) - TUG8
Mopsella zimmeri (Gorgonian) - TUG8
Pyura spinifera (Sea Tulip) - TUG8
Mopsella zimmeri (Gorgonian) - TUG8
The Entrance - TUG8
Norah Head - TUG8

What a weekend of sensational weather ... The seas have been flat, vis 10m+ and the water 16-17 degrees.

On Saturday the wind was up a little so we stayed close in shore heading to 5 Mile Reef followed by Forresters. The water was blueish and clear on the top, very unlike the winter conditions we have seen of recent years. There are a few salp in the water so the green stuff may not be too far off.

The highlight of Saturday would probably have to be the Rosewater Egg Cowry that Jane found on a Sea Whip at 5 Mile. She also managed to find a Red-lined Flabellina nudibranch at Forresters and whilst they are common up at Nelson's Bay, not often seen around Terrigal.

On Sunday the sea was an absolute millpond so we decided to do the run all the way up to around Norah Head. It was certainly interesting to open up the throttle on the new boat and see how it handled on the 17 km run up the coast. We came across a Seal sunbaking on the way up and stopped a few minutes to check it out.

Our first dive was at the 3 Sisters and it was an absolute cracker. The water did not seem as clear as on Saturday but the Vis was plenty good enough to enjoy a great dive. We then moved on to TUG8 a mark near some well known Terrigal Underwater Group marks and one that I had not dived before. The site was interesting from a landscape perspective but the quality fixed growth was a bit scarce.

With the new boat setup and settled in, I hope there are a few weekends like this one in Spring.