Our last dive for the year was at Ricketts Point, and it was a bit of a disappointment...

Diving at Ricketts Point can be a bit hit or miss, and what we see can vary greatly, depending upon which part of the marine sanctuary we swim through, but we were surprised at how barren some parts of the sea floor were, possibly caused by the large numbers of sea urchins that were seen during the dive. We didn't see anywhere near the usual diversity of fish that we have seen in the past, although another diver we spoke to afterwards said that he had been in a different area, and had seen much more life.

There were quite a few Snapper, but very few Leatherjackets, and we did't see any Zebrafish, Normally we come out of the water raving about how great it was, but this time we were talking about how worried we were about the health of the area. Is it as bad as this video makes it look? We'll have to come back and take another look soon.


Divers: Kirsty Batchelor, Peter Batchelor

Weather/Sea: 5kts Northerly.
Visibility: 4-6 Metres.
Water temperature: 18°C.
Maximum depth: 5.5 metres.
Time of entry: 10.10am
Duration: 80 minutes.