Our first Striped Pyjama Cuttlefish

Last night we dived the Pipeline (co-op wall) at Nelson Bay and it was beautiful.  This was our first dive at Nelson Bay, which has some of the best shore diving in Australia, and because it’s shore diving we don’t have to reach into our pockets to go diving.

High tide was right on sunset, which is mandatory for this dive, and this worked out great for us as we could see the lay of the land in the light prior to nightfall.  Also, we were not very familar with the dive site and its entry and exit points (even though we had dived this site about 6 years ago). We had about 6 metres visibility (pretty good for a night dive on a very dark night (the only light was from our torches, no moon, no stars, no boat or street lights).  Our average depth would have been about 8 metres and the temperature was a comfortable 22 degrees.

Striped Pajam Cuttlefish

Striped Pyjama Cuttlefish:  You are looking at the back-end of the fish, it is only about 3cm long.  It was difficult to get a good photo as it kept burying itself in the sand.  Together with the blue-ringed octopus and Pfeffer’s flamboyant cuttlefish, it is one of the few cephalopods that are known to be poisonous.

 

Cuttlefish

Common Cuttlefish:  This fish was in about 2 metre of water, we spotted him when we were still snorkelling out from the rocks.

Feather Star

Feather Star

Flathead:  I spotted about 5 of these fish all at least over 50cm long.

Flathead: I spotted about 5 of these fish all over 50cm long.

And we was many nudibrach, here are a few samples.

Nudibranch:

Nudibranch: Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Nudibranch:

Nudibranch: Sweet ceratosoma

Nudibranch

Nudibranch: Loring’s chromodoris

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