Another first, Spiny Leaf-fish at Cook Island Marine Reserve

The dive conditions at Cook Island have been disappointing of late with very low visibility and cooler than expected temperatures for this time of year.  According to our photo log, the last dive we did at Cook Island with reasonable visibility was in September.  In the last three trips out to Cook Island, we have:

  • aborted the dive after 10 minutes, due to low visibility,
  • spent an hour in cooler than expected water temperatures with between 3 and 5 metres visibility, but did find a ‘first’ for Cook Island (photos to follow), and
  • decided to not get in the water.  Visibility was 2 metres and the water surface temperature was only 20 degrees celsius.  (Nice boat trip though, great surface conditions.)

Not to worry, we’re heading to the Great Barrier Reef over Christmas and the New Year.  We plan to spend a few days hanging around Cairns and then five days and four nights on the reef.  We are looking forward so much to diving in clear, warm water.

This is what we did find when we got in the water

Another ‘first’ for Cook Island.  I guess the low visibility concentrates our focus.

Spiney leaf-fish.  These fish are hard to spot, they are masters of camouflage.  It not only looks like a leaf but also "behaves" like a dead leaf buffeted by the current.

Spiny Leaf-fish. These fish are hard to spot, they are masters of camouflage. It not only looks like a leaf but also behaves like a dead leaf buffeted by the current.

A close up of our first Cook Island Spiney leaf-fish

A close up of our first Cook Island Spiny Leaf-fish

I took this photo earlier in this year on a night dive in Fiji.

Spiny Leaf-fish; I took this photo earlier this year on a night dive under an abandoned wharf in Fiji.

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One Response to Another first, Spiny Leaf-fish at Cook Island Marine Reserve

  1. Paul Curtis says:

    hi guys,
    sorry I didn’t come over and say hi last time I saw you at cook but saw surfacing divers and didn’t want to risk running one over and get blood all over my new engine[only jokeing].had lauren with me,my new buddy now she is certified[and not a bad little diver either].please give me a call some time as I don’t have phill’s new number.
    paul curtis

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