Day 2, and the diving conditions were even better than the previous day. There are not enough words to describe it, hopefully the photos will suffice.
Tube Anemone: We found this anemone close to the boat at around 20 metres.
Brown Banded Pipefish: These critters are tiny at about 5cm long.
Juvenile Marbled Rock Cod: This guy was about 10cm long
Lionfish: We spotted lionfish on every dive including the night dives. They appear to have increased in numbers.
Pickhandle Barracuda: We spotted this fish near the mooring blocks at about 6 metres, it was about 1.5 metres long. Pickhandle Barracuda are usually found in schools, however this fellow had no mates.
Phil and Wally: Wally is a Maori Wrasse. Wally loves attention and is usually found hanging around the back of the boat at most dive spots on Norman Reef.
Glossodoris atromarginata (Black-margined nudibranch)
Giant Moray Eel
Diamond Gobies with Thuridilla neona (neon slug): We actually watched the slug slide over the tail of the goby.
Durban Hinge-beak Prawns
Barramundi Cod: We spotted more Barramundi Cod this time than on previous trips. They are very shy and not easy to photograph.
Orange-spotted Shrimp Goby with Shrimp: My first photo of a Shrimp Goby and a Shrimp. The goby and shrimp share the same hole where the goby stands guard at the entrance while the shrimp works to keep the hole clear.
Tapestry Turban: These critters only comes out at night to feed
What a day. After five beautiful long dives on the reef we slept very well.