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SCUBA-L  September 1999, Week 1

SCUBA-L September 1999, Week 1

Subject:

Dive Report..Fairlight Cove Sydney (short)

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John Bird <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 4 Sep 1999 16:45:38 -0700

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Greetings All,
 
Dive Report
Fairlight Cove
Sydney New South Wales Australia
Saturday Sept. 4/99
WX: Fine and Sunny 22C
Water Temp. Bloody Freezin' 17C.
Conditions: Very Flat
Viz: Assorted but maxed out at 10 meters.
 
Fairlight is in Sydney Harbour and is a very easy shore dive with a sandy
bottom mixed with fine silt. Our group of 5 kitted up out in the street and
then hopped across the rocks and performed a shallow entry off a small rock
outcrop.
Once happy we submerged and made our way across the kelp to a ledge that
progressively drops down to the sandline at about 9 meters depth.
Got the big OK from everyone and headed left towards Manly Cove. We stop by the
old wreck which lies in 10 meters. Its a small steel hulled put-put lying on
its side. The hull is still intact and there are engine bits and plumbing
scattered about. Next to it is a 12 foot aluminium dingy, full of sand and
sitting on its hull. Many divers sit in it and perform a rowing action for the
amusement of the other divers. Like all wrecks, its interesting to see the
marine life which makes these wrecks home.
Moving on, the viz took a big drop, likely due to the tide change. So it was
time to get in close and have a look at the macro world. We saw plently of
nudibranchs in all different shapes and colors.
Further on the viz improved. At one point we were completely surrounded by
masses of Yellowtail and Pike. Then the best of luck. Behind a small group of
rocks we came across 10 Port Jackson Sharks huddled together obviously having a
sleep. They all appeared to be adults, likely having a breather from a night of
feeding and mating. Julian found a relatively fresh looking egg case and showed
the group.
By the turn around point we were all starting the feel the cold. 30 minutes had
passed at this point. We decided to make our way back in the shallows,
sometimes coming within a meter or so of the surface. Here were masses of
sponges, urchins and schools of Bream, Morwong and Surgeon Fish. Plenty of
small gutters and overhangs to explore.
After 67 minutes we surfaced, crawled out, changed and had coffee and bikkies.
Bob Marsh and John Wong indicated that it was indeed an excellent dive. I have
to agree.
 
Birdo
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