Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Magical Mystery Dive

Divers DD and Amanda try to shoot our friendly green turtle at the cleaning station. Photo: Ryan Pearson

By Ryan Pearson
Today was the first ever Griffith University Dive Club Mystery Dive. 10 people jumped in the bus at 5am with only one person (me) knowing where we were headed. We ended up going out on Supercat with Nautilus to Flinders Reef. What a fun day!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Goods in the Bad

Sad Seahorse (Hippocampus tristis). Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
Well, the dive conditions dropped off today. After a few 20m+ visibility days, the vis dropped to about 5m today thanks to a strong NW wind... BUT... this was one of my most successful photography days in a while. I'm pretty happy with the result, and here they are so I hope you enjoy...

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Things that Bubble in the Night

Common Sydney Octopus (Octopus tetricus). Photo: Ryan Pearson

By Ryan Pearson
I just got back from an amazing night dive in the Gold Coast Seaway. Clear water, minimal current, and there were molluscs everywhere. Octopus, nudibranchs, bubble shells and more. Here are the pics.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Please Don't Ruin Our Seaway and Spit

Me on yesterday's dive in the Gold Coast Seaway surrounded by Bigeye Trevally. Photo: Ian Banks
By Ryan Pearson
What an amazing place the Gold Coast Spit and Seaway is! This weekend I was down there early Saturday morning to help shoot a documentary on the area, and then on Sunday afternoon I was back for a cheeky little afternoon dive (partly to help wash away a hint of a hangover, but that's beside the point). Both were very successful days, and the Spit was buzzing with both life and leisure on both visits... how could the Gold Coast possibly do without this amazing area? And why should we have to?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Heron Island and the Amazing Marine Biology Field Course

Frank Vorster and Nick Yabsley hard at 'Work'. Photo: Ryan Pearson

By Ryan Pearson
Wow! What a week. Thank you Dr. Tim Stevens and Griffith University for giving us this opportunity. It was a great mix of hard work and harder play. The amount of times I heard the words 'fantastic' and 'beautiful' were off the scale, and they weren't exaggerations. Truly an amazing experience that has topped off my uni experience in my final semester. Here are the stories of the week... and a bunch of pics.