Southern Calamari Squid of Shelly Beach

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It was a very windy day with strong currents and swells, but we were determined to dive and find weedy sea dragons after many failed attempts.  Like usual, we didn’t find any, but we found a group of 6 Southern calamari Squids instead soon after we descended.  They were curious and circled around us as we filmed them.   The young ones came very close to us after realizing we were of no threat to them.   A few of the adults even mimicked giant cuttlefish.

Here is the video, enjoy!

 

Song – Sébastian Tellier – La Ritournelle

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Up Close and Personal With 2 Moray Eels

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On our last dive at North Bondi, besides a large amount of trash in the water, we found two moray eels hiding amongst the rocks. They were very friendly and curious especially when they spotted their reflection in the camera case. The smaller moray came out of his house almost completely to check us out. The larger older moray was a little more shy preferring instead to try and bite the front of my camera case.

Here is the HD video, hope you guys enjoy it!

Song: Smoke City – Underwater Love

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Seahorses of Balmoral Baths

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There are plenty of wierd and wacky critters in the ocean and one of the wierdest is the seahorse. There is a large colony of seahorses that live in the nets off Balmoral Beach in Sydney. This is the video from our first dive at the Balmoral Baths trying to find the seahorses.

Fish Number 1 and Fish Number 2

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Eight Arms of Passion

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North Bondi

We decided to do our first dive at North Bondi last week and after about 30 seconds in the water, we ran into this little fella trying his best to impersonate a rock. He is a Gloomy Octopus otherwise known as a Sydney Octopus. His body was around 20cm long and the longest of his arms was approximately 80cm long.

He wasn’t quite that keen for us to harrass him while he was trying hunt for crustaceans so tried his best to copy any nearby objects such as kelp and other underwater plants.  We go some fantastic practice at using the macro modes of our cameras as he stayed quite still for long periods hidden in the plants. Hope you guys enjoy the video.

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Where Eagles Swim?

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We first ran into eagle rays while snorkelling and no one believed us. The people we told gave us the typical, “Yea sure you found 6 eagle rays in the middle of nowhere on a snorkelling trip” or the more typical “Who the fuck are you and what the fuck is an eagle ray”, and who could blame them, we (stupidly) didn’t take our cameras with us.

However, NOW we have proof so those people can go fuck themselves. Here is the video of our dive last week where we encountered a Southern Eagle ray that was larger than my girlfriend and far less annoying.

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Giant Cuttlefish!

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Otherwise known as Sepia apama, the Australian Giant Cuttlefish is a highlight of any dive (if you can find them). Ten arms of cephlopod sex hover and glide around like an underwater alien. We found this 2 foot long specimen at Fairy Bower on a day with rubbish conditions and more debris floating around than on the seabed itself. Here is the video of this giant cuttlefish (first 2 minutes) as well as the rest of our dive.

We are just editing another couple of videos that shall include a huge Southern Eagle Ray and a very inquisitive Sydney Octopus, so keep checking for updates.

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Fairy Bower Dive

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Fairy Bower has to be one of our favourite dive sites in Sydney. It is quite sheltered and has a wide variety of marine life. This particular dive we just stayed in, close to the rocks and the beach to inspect all the little inlets between Fairy Bower and Manly. Enjoy!

The song is Chicane – Offshore

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What the Eel?

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Moray Eels have to be one of my favourite ocean creatures, they stare out at you from their crevices, opening and closing their mouth full of sharp teeth threatening to bite off your thumb or other unlucky appendage like this poor fellow

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHNpYxCSnUM

While they are potentially dangerous critters they do seem very intelligent and curious and make for excellent photographic subjects. We consider ourselves very lucky to have found the full time homes of not one but two Green Moray Eels in Sydney harbour. Both of them are located at the end of the Chowder Bay Wharf near Mosman. 

Here is the video of our dive to Clifton Gardens and Chowder Bay Wharf where we discovered them as well as a number of leatherjackets and stingarees. Enjoy!

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Camp Cove Night Dive 23-09-2011

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This is the first night dive we did at Camp Cove, Sydney.

The bay was calm but the wind was starting to pick up. When we arrived, it was already dark.

The song is from the NIN album Ghosts I and the song is track 6

Can anyone tell us what the mean looking fish is at 0:56?

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Fear of Diving = Car Key

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Out of all the things that one can possible fear while diving, for me, it’s the possibility of loosing my 4 year old Honda Civic to some lunatic stealer. That’s the main reason why I was never that comfortable with the idea of shore dives. It’s not like I can poke my head out of water and check or chase after the thief while strapped to my BCD, tank and 9kg (19 pounds) weights (very thick wetsuit) … …

I desperately needed to find a solution so I can actually focus on diving. I have enough on my mind already (buoyancy, strong currents, running out of air, runaway ascent, getting lost or separated etc. etc).

Option 1 – Take the car key with you
This turned out to be a no-no. Modern car keys with all the electronics inside just do not mix well with water. I also questioned the water pressure when 30 meters underwater. Better not risk it.

Option 2 – Waterproof bags/cases
Out of all the waterproof bags/cases I investigated, they either don’t have a rating at all, or inadequate rating or rated adequately but had a number of reviews indicated leaks.

One example I considered was this Aquapac KeyMaster.

It is 3-submersible classified, only withstands submersion up to 5m/15ft for at least 30 minute.

So this option is still considered to be unsafe for me.

Option 3 – Key Safe
After giving up on the idea of the waterproof bag, I found the HitchSafe Key Vault.

The idea is a mini safe mounted at the back of your car where you can just leave your keys locked up. Cost approximately AUD$70 on Amazon, but the shipping is expensive. Cost on ebay is AUD$92 including shipping.

Good idea, but too expensive.

Option 4 – Non-electronic replacement key
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution and this turned out to be the case. I finally ended up taking my electronic key to the local key maker, and got a replica made (without all the electronics inside) for AUD$30. Probably could get it for cheaper if I shopped around. Called Bunnings Warehouse, they told me ADU$8, but sadly they didn’t have the right blank when I was there.

Now I just pop it in my BCD pocket and take it with me. I guess the only thing I need to worry about now is it rusting!

Fish Number 2