It’s been a reasonably slow couple of weeks due to the dry winter, with less bird life on Mount Cootha in the evenings. We have still be fortunate to see some pretty amazing spiders and were able to get a photo of the Net Casting Spider, with enormous eyes to allow for good vision to be able to aim its web (when it hurls it at unsuspecting victims.)
We were very fortunate to get down to Byron Bay for a dive at the end of July and see the Grey Nurse Sharks. We were able to hear the humpback whale song during the dive and we also managed to see a sea eagle hunting a fish – pretty spectacular! It seems that we may not be able to return to Julian Rocks for a little while as the New South Wales – Queensland border is shut. We are going to have to head back to Stradbroke Island again soon 🙂
Sundive was finally allowed to start running boats again to Julian Rocks on the weekend after three months of inactivity due to Coronavirus distancing rules. I was fortunate enough to be on the top of the list for diving.
It was an absolutely spectacular day with 30 metres visibility, four divers in the water, and nobody having dived at the rocks for three months. The shot of the Cod Hole below is quite rare given that it’s unusual to have this clarity in the water.
I saw… interesting things. The boat followed my bubbles back to the mooring line, which was really very nice of the skipper!
This is the inside of the Cod Hole at Julian Rocks. It's pretty surreal when it's the first time you have been there for a very long time! (and the first human inside - allegedly - for three months.)
Big Potato Cod sitting on a rock on top of the wide trenches off Julian Rocks
Fish in the Cod Hole, Julian Rocks, Byron Bay
This school of fish was hanging about above the Cod Hole, at Julian Rocks
These snapper were sitting out in the sand way off Julian Rocks - hoping not to be noticed. I found out why, shortly afterwards.
Eagle Ray at Julian Rocks
This is incredible visibility at the Cod Hole at Byron Bay. Visibility is not the site's strong point - and today was incredible. The waves are clearly seen from 22 metres - and it is rare to get such a good view of the entire Cod Hole contraption.
One of the first Grey Nurses of the season swims past