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#21 ATJ

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:48 AM

Shiprock is now open.

It certainly is. I did 3 dives there over Easter (first weekend it was open) and they were all good. Found my first Sepioloidea lineolata on the Thursday night and found 2 different species of pipefish on the Monday.

I love Shiprock.

I also love The Leap at Kurnell. I've had some great dives there of late and found the seahorses every time.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:04 AM

Hey Andrew,
Yes the seahorses have been at the leap for a while now.
The leap is definitely one of my favorite dives.
The funny thing is that my last few dives I havnt found 1 single seadragon!
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

Pete, I have seen the seahorses regularly at "Seahorse Rock" for over a year now. I first saw them in January last year. I think the only time I haven't seen them was when I missed "Seahorse Rock". Last weekend I was there is 5 other divers. They swam the wrong side of "Seahorse Rock" and missed them (I did manage to attract one of them over for a look but he left me while I was taking photos). I then went looking for more along the boulders at the sand line and managed to find one more further north.

Interestingly, they managed to find a seadragon or two.

The Leap is my second favourite site (Shiprock my favourite). The Leap almost always has cool stuff (giant and reaper cuttlefish, octopus, anglers, seahorse, seadragons, etc.) but at Shiprock I almost always find something I have never seen before, in addition to the usual cool and interesting stuff.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:47 PM

You know i have never seen an angler at kurnell. I have seen 2 at bare island but never any at kurnell.
Might have to go for a hard look this weekend.
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:42 PM

They are pretty hard to spot because they look like a sponge. The first one I saw was pointed out to me and I refused to believe it was anything other than a sponge until the kept insisting I look more closely. The next one was also pointed out to me but I saw it straight away. I then found my own one a few weeks ago. It could be the same one each time, although if it is, it must move around a lot.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:14 AM

Well, a few things have changed since my original post. I now have a stopover in Sydney on my way back from Fiji as well. I am not sure if I'll be lugging my gear with me. I'm still trying to figure out someplace to stash until my next trip, as I cannot keep it with me where I work.

I'll be staying in Manly on the 7th and 8th, so if anyone wants to get together for a beer and give me the lowdown on the local scene, the first round is on me.

If I do end up dragging my gear back with me to Sydney, I would be looking to dive on the 23rd or 24th.
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:10 PM

Cool photo Andrew, looks like i will have to try abit harder to find them. Are they near the leap or the steps?
Expat, drop me a PM when you arrive & i'll see what i'm up to.
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

Pete, there are near The Leap. The first one I saw was pretty much straight out from the entry point maybe 10-20 meters from the sand line. The second was just past Seahorse Rock and the third was just before Seahorse Rock on the sand line.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:45 PM

Thanks Andrew, i will put my angler eyes on next time i go there.
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