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Rare velvet fish found at Ammo Jetty shore dive

written Ian Griffiths – Perth Scuba PADI InstructorPerth Scuba Manta Club Dive Ammunition Jetty by Ian Griffiths 08Dec2013

The Sunday club dive was arranged for Woodman Point at 08.30 this morning but after reviewing the difficult rock entry or the beach entry next to 30 fishermen, I decided with the club divers to relocate a couple of KM’s down the road to Ammo Jetty. It turned out to be a great decision but more of our “find” later.

The Manta Club divers were Rob, Mikhail, Sarah, Ben, Simon, Fran and myself. After a brief in the increasing heat of the car park and a plague of flies we entered the water. Simon buddied up with myself and Fran as it was his first dive since passing his Open Water last week. He did really great and dived like a pro. Well done to Simon and his instructor, Simon!!!

There was loads of critters to see under the Jetty. Lots of Octopus, Sea Horses including a pregnant male, a Blow Fish, Cow and Box Fish, a couple of juvenile Lion Fish and best of all (pointed out to Fran by Danny from WAUPS) a Velvet Fish (relative of a Frog Fish). These are rare around these parts so a great end to a great dive.

After a hour in balmy 22 degree water, (I’m so glad to be back in my 3mm summer dive wet suit) we exited and met in the car park for a debrief and a couple of photos.

Thanks to all that turned up today and hope to see you again on a club dive soon.

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