Having scrubbed a dive at Flinders after less than a minute because the visibility was so terrible, we headed over to Rye, to take our chances there, and it was much, much better!

Lots to see, including Gunn's Leatherjackets, our first Bridled Leatherjacket, a couple of Big-bellied Seahorses, a Sweet Caratasoma nudibranch, tiny Bullseye fish, Long-finned Pike, juvenile Moonlighters, Southern Blue Whiting, a good-sized school of Australian Herring, a Hermit Crab, Magpie Perch, Southern Hulafish, and a Pygmy Leatherjacket that was trying to scare off a competitor by inflating its belly, and of course, lots of Goatfish. When we got out to the Eivion we also saw several Senator Wrasse, and a couple of adult Moonlighters lurking in the shadows under the wreck.

Very warm water, and so much to see, meant that this was a long dive, just on 100 minutes, long enough that my GoPro's battery went flat just as we reached the Eivion.

So glad we weren't put off by having to squeeze back into our wet wetsuits, and didn't drive home after getting out of the water at Flinders!



Divers: Kirsty Batchelor, Peter Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Slight sea, 10kts Northerly.
Visibility: 6 Metres.
Water temperature: 20°C.
Maximum depth: 5.1 metres.
Time of entry: 12:55
Duration: 100 minutes.