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Woodman’s Point night dive with Talma, stripey’s, fan belly leather jackets & butterfish

Woodman’s Point night dive with Talma, stripey’s, fan belly leather jackets & butterfish

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Martin & Perth Scuba club divers

A couple of days of strong easterlies had done the job and knocked the tops off the waves and produced some vast improvements in visibility. Five club divers were quickly heading into 19oC flat calm waters, realising a visibility of greater than 8m out over the 10m sand flats to the right of the groyne and producing a very dive-able +5m all around the rock wall.

Despite a thorough search by all the Moray’s were keeping themselves isolated this evening but the seahorses were out in abundance as were a good number of Talma, Stripeys, hoards of Fanbelly Leatherjackets and butterfish. A hunt amongst the rocks turned up an impressive pair of Banded Cleaner Shrimps in their stripey red and white attire and the number of coral heads at this site ceases to amaze me along with the variety of sponges and tunicates.

Striking nudibranch

A real turn up for the books came a couple of days after I’d posted my photos on the iNaturalist website in that the striking Yellow/white and purple margined Nudibranch was an example of an as yet undescribed species.  I don’t get to name it unfortunately but still gives you a real sense of discovery.

Martin Crossley – PADI Instructor / UW Digital Photography Instructor   


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