Kirsty and I went back to Stony Point for our second dive with the Cuttlefish. We originally thought that we might try for Black Point, which reportedly had even more Cuttlefish, but the rocks looked like it would be a difficult walk to the water with all of our gear. So, back to Stony Point, and in for another fantastic dive!
There was lots of mating behaviour, and males chasing off the competition, and protecting the females from interlopers. The colours and patterns being displayed were amazing.
A couple of South Australian politicians, Eddie Hughes, MP, and Clare Scriven, MLC, were at the site today, talking about the increased area set aside to protect the Cuttlefish - a great initiative of the South Australian government. If you look carefully, Kirsty and I can be seen in their video - for all of a couple of seconds :-)
About 9 pm, incoming SS Penola ( 500 tons) struck and ran down City of Launceston which began to settle almost immediately. Passengers and crew transferred with difficulty to Penola. Sunken vessel valued at about 17,000 pounds - not insured. Sold by auction to Barrett, engineer of City of Launceston, who sold to a syndicate but salvage attempts eventually abandoned. Victorian Steam Navigation Board Inquiry held City of Launceston to blame for accident. Two separate Supreme Court actions by the respective owners for damages found in favour of the plaintiff in each case! An appeal by the aggrieved owner of the Penola for a non suit or a new trial was ultimately refused. Eleutheria, lighter, exhibited light at wreck site until it too sank. City of Launceston was the first shipwreck to be declared an Historic Shipwreck under new Victorian legislation. Built for the Melbourne to Launceston Bass Strait run, it was a regular trader across Bass Strait. - See more at: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/shipwrecks/124#sthash.aPC0R645.dpuf
Divers: Kirsty Batchelor, Peter Batchelor
Weather/Sea: N/W - 5 kts.
Visibility: 5 - 8 Metres.
Water temperature: 14°C.
Maximum depth: 4.5 metres.
Time of entry: 11:55am
Duration: 70 minutes.