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More than just a moray at the BHP Bulk Jetty

More than just a moray at the BHP Bulk Jetty

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Having set up the last night dive at the Bulk Jetty and then had to pass it over due to flu, I was keen to see the Moray Eel reported, so with easterlies keeping the swell at bay a revisit was on the cards. The previous week’s daylight dive was great, but the place took on a whole better dimension in torch light and came alive with the multiple beams of the 7 divers braving the 15.6C water temperature this evening. 

Moray eel at Bulk Jetty
Moray eel at Bulk Jetty taken by Martin Crossley

No waves, zero current and only the very slightest of swell, and viz ranging 8-10m at the beginning of a flood tide had all the right things going for us. The sandy ridge provides a steady falling under jetty depth from 4m to 8m dropping of either side by a further 3m to the silt bottom. Almost straight away there were Seahorses on just about every pylon, and three in a row on an old ladder lying on the bottom. Numerous and varied colour sponges and seasquirts coat the pylons with tiny crabs and spindly seastars scurrying for cover.  Pipe debris provided home to Talma, Cardinal and Goatfish.

Port Jackson shark
Port Jackson shark

A large Globe/Porcupinefish bumped my torchlight, a 35cm wrasse broke cover from a pipe, several calamari squid shot  by and two separate cuttlefish held their ground and put on great display. But the highlights were definitely the Moray Eel, a shy Pineapplefish, the stunning looking Tasselled Leatherjacket, a 35-40cm species of snake-eel and the adolescent over friendly Port Jackson shark that bumped my camera several  times and followed me back to shore. If that wasn’t enough, the huge numbers of very blue Blue swimming crabs, clouds of Weeping toadfish, Hardyheads, Yellowtails and Herring overhead, definitely ensured that this site going  massively up in my list.

The smiles on everyone’s faces and enthusiastic recounts of sightings in the car park post dive was clear  proof of a great evening had by all.

Martin Crossley – PADI Instructor

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