We just spent 5 days diving Norman and Saxon reefs in the Great Barrier Reef with Deep Sea Diver’s Den’s live-aboard vessel ‘Ocean Quest’. We have done this trip many times before, and have always had a great time; and same again this time with the added bonus of having the best possible conditions for the duration of the trip. It’s a very relaxing atmosphere and the Ocean Quest crew are great, knowledgeable and always ready to help.
Day 1 was a mixed day. It is alway a bit hectic due to the transfer from the day trip boat to the live-aboard boat. We did two dives from the day trip boat and then transferred to Ocean Quest (the live-aboard boat), then another dive before dinner and then the night dive.
Conditions were perfect with about 20-25m visibility, I couldn’t wait to get in and start taking photos. Unfortunately, my camera gave up, it is ‘kaput’. I had taken about 8 photos when the camera stopped focusing and started to return blurred shapes in red hues. Fortunately, I have a spare camera that will fit in the underwater housing, however I didn’t bring it with me on this trip. We still have plenty of nice photos, which we took with Phil’s point and click Olympus camera.
We don’t usually take photos of Titan Triggerfish, when we see these guys we usually head the other way – keeping our eyes on them the whole time – Titan Triggerfish can be very unpredictable. Our daughter has been bitten on the head, fortunately she only suffered a headache, and Phil has been chased/harassed by a Titan Triggerfish in the past, the fish would not let him drop below 5 metres. As we descended the fish swam past me and directly at Phil, nipping his fins as he swam backwards out of the fish’s nesting zone.
We found this octopus on our first night dive. We must have spent a good 5-10 minutes watching this critter. It was removing sand from its hiding place, which is what you can see in the top of the photo. The red in the image is due to our red night lights, we find that using red lights doesn’t scare the critters away as much as a white lights.