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Manta Club dive at Woodman Point

Manta Club dive at Woodman Point – nice visibility, brain corals, schools of Talmas, and plenty of small fish

Sunday 26 January 2020

This Sunday morning was warm and sunny, and almost perfect weather and water conditions were seen at Woodman Point, also one of the very few diving locations around capable of logistically welcoming a large group of keen divers during an Aussie Day morning. We filled all the remaining parking spots there, or just about all. The visibility was good, near 5 – 7m in some places.

Perth Scuba club divers at Woodman Point

Brain corals sat at their usual locations, near the tip of groyne, where large schools of Talmas, stripeys, and other small fish were feeding. A noticeable increase in brain coral population was seen, especially at the south side of groyne. Maybe it was just the better visibility than normal at this site, but it looked as if plenty of new ones grew.

Jellies were absent completely this time, but the crowd of Morwongs underwater definitely got denser than usual. Only 1 seahorse was spotted sitting at the sand, at near 8 meters off the south side. Sightings of several crays were reported (but we probably wouldn’t like to disclose their hiding locations, for humanitarian reasons. 

The water temperature was perfect, at 23-24C, so many of us inspected this rarely-visited dive site for full 50-55 mins, since there was plenty to see. Schools of some unidentified but almost microscopic fishes were seen, and these small fish appeared quite colourful. Maybe these were juvenile parrotfishes or catfishes. 

Divers of  various different experience levels were present (13 of us in the group), some new OW divers joined our group today, and everybody enjoyed exploring this dive site on this Aussie Day. Thanks everyone for coming to this Manta Club dive! See you on next dives.

Written by Mikhail Vasiliev – Perth Scuba PADI Instructor

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