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Diving after the super moon

written by Mikhail Vasiliev – Perth Scuba PADI Assistant Instructor 

The long-awaited sunny break in the mid-winter rainy season has arrived, and the storms of last weeks have subsided, and this wonderful morning (July the 13th) nine of the most winter-hardened Perth Scuba Manta Club members met for our traditional barbeque breakfast at 8.30 am. Most would have noticed the setting Supermoon on the way to Perth Scuba sitting just above the horizon  if they looked west over the ocean. A magnificent view that was, and a very thought-provoking one, very likely making every one of the divers consider the effects of this orange ball’s gravity on the marine life today. The slight easterly wind promised glassy and calm conditions just before the breakfast, and the air temperature was rising steadily from a chilly 7 degrees to maybe 18 by the time we needed all the black-neoprene comfort features (except a lucky few who were no doubt giggling at the rest of us whilst wearing their drysuits)!

The slight waves started to pump under the Terminal as we were getting in the water, but the surface conditions were quite enjoyable nevertheless. After 2-3 mins of short in-water post-briefing, the ocean felt warmer due to wetsuit action beginning to kick in, and the buddy pairs submerged happily into what some of the most recent Perth Scuba touring-crew buddies could call “LaLaguna Frigida” – some have just experienced a few warmer places in the Tropics that were named as different kinds of LaLagunas often, so every body of water could now have its own slang name based on the language of the lands visited. The neoprene performance kept improving with every kick cycle, and the exploration has begun from there. Most notably, all of the recent Perth Scuba Open Water Course graduates flew through the water column gracefully and no doubt would have expanded their experience levels by learning the specifics of this very important site on every Perth diver’s map.

Among the divers, many (almost one half) have experienced Kwinana Grain Terminal for the very first time, whilst the others who enjoyed diving there over the seasons also had some novel experiences – I know that at least one new dry-suit was test-driven on this Club Dive for the first time. Everybody enjoyed the sunny Sunday at the legendary Grain Terminal, except for some reason, our eight-tentacled friends (octopi) were in the hiding today. Instead of the normal 5-10 of these guys, we met none – and that can only be attributed to the stronger gravitational pull of the Supermoon being so close to Earth now. The residents of KGT submerged pipes and crevices have obviously decided to have a meeting somewhere subterranean during our dive. Orange Nudibraches were there, though not in large numbers either. The fish populations greeted the divers in numbers, as usual, as did a small Penguin flying around the shallow water as some of us were getting out – this was quite a highlight, reminding us of the Penguin Island being named after these wonderful little creatures.

Perth Scuba Manta Club Dive Kwinana Grain Terminal 13Jul2014

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