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!

The Mystery Dive Team in front of Supercat. (From Left: Andrew Rae, Harrison Townsend, Amanda Dawson, Diana Virkki, Matti Virkki, Seanan Wild, Caragh Nelson, & Chris Henderson). Photo: Ryan Pearson

Nautilus run a great boat with all the space and comfort you could hope for, as well as including an amazing lunch. Thanks to all the crew for a great day.
One of many nudibranchs spotted on the dives. Photo: Ryan Pearson
Sure, the conditions weren't amazing with overcast skies all day and some of the worst vis Flinders ever gets... but when the worst vis they get is 15-20m, we weren't about to complain. We had turtles, sharks (for some), caves, nudibranchs, batfish, and hundreds of other reef fish, and some of the most beautiful corals around. Who would have thought all of this was available only about an hour from the Gold Coast?

The Floating Cave turtle head. Photo: Ryan Pearson
I can't wait for the next magical mystery dive... where will it be? Who knows?
Super Sayan Amanda Dawson says WOOOO. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Da na nana nana na na BATFISH! Photo: Ryan Pearson

A religious coral glyph. Photo: Ryan Pearson

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