Great Barrier Reef live-aboard dive trip. Day2

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

Tube Anemone:  We found this anemone close to the boat at around 20 metres.

Brown Branded Pipefish

Brown Banded Pipefish:  These critters are tiny at about 5cm long.

Juvenile Marbled Rock Cod:  This guy was about 10cm

Juvenile Marbled Rock Cod: This guy was about 10cm long

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Lionfish: We spotted lionfish on every dive including the night dives. They appear to have increased in numbers.

pickhandle-barracude

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

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)

Glossodoris atromarginata (Black-margined nudibranch)

Giant Moray Eel

Giant Moray Eel

Diamond Gobies with Thuridilla neona (neon slug)

Diamond Gobies with Thuridilla neona (neon slug):  We actually watched the slug slide over the tail of the goby.

Durban Hinge-beak Prawns

Durban Hinge-beak Prawns

Barramundi Cod

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

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

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.

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