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Water temperature up to 23 degrees in Perth

Water temperature up to 23 degrees in Perth

Pineapple fish

After the hottest day since 1976, the 40oC oven cooled to a fantastic warm evening and the forecast wind kept at bay, creating smooth conditions at the former BHP Bulk Jetty at Naval Base tonight. We didn’t have to snorkel too far to realise we had over 10m viz and all hit the seabed and enjoyed the last of the daylight before switching on the torches. A swim up the right hand side of the jetty led to the Pineapplefish still in residence since I first saw it in May. Such an amazing animal.

The growth on each pylons is a mini oasis of life and the torch light makes you realise just how colourful it all is. It wasn’t long before we encountered the first Seahorse and then they just kept coming. I think we got up to 20 by the end, including several heavily pregnant males. The Blue swimming crabs were in proliferation and one fella was an absolute monster, everyone of tonight’s 8 divers remarked on not only his size but his vibrant blue colouring. I also saw a similarly huge female staggering under a old pipe hugely laden with eggs.  Jacks and Silverside glinted in the torch beams and the carpet of Toadies with their eyes just poking out of the sand were comical looking.

Pregnant male seahorse

With water temperature just reaching 23oC my decision to leave off the sharkskin vest and hood were a good idea and I could even have taken a couple of pounds off the weight belt as I was finding the 5m to 10m buoyancy a constant add and dump, a sure sign of being over weighted. I have to say that the Bulk Jetty just keeps on delivering as a night dive and everyone remarked what a relaxing and thoroughly engaging site it was. With squid, cuttlefish, nudibranch, Port Jackson shark, pufferfish, Cowfish, Talma and a stunning Tasseled Leatherjacket as photo subjects, its rewards you the more time you take to slow down and explore both sides as well as the drop off at the end.

Martin Crossley –  PADI Instructor

Toadies sleeping in the sand

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