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BlackoutSteve
14-01-2016, 05:55 PM
Just starting to do some snorkeling and might end up progressing to scuba in the future..
So far, been to Ricketts Point, Beaumaris.. Rye Pier and Diamond Bay on the Mornington Peninsula.. and St Leonards Pier on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Heaps to see under the piers and we've seen (and swam with) 4 huge ~1.5m stingrays at Rye and seen others elsewhere too.

Anyone got some other good locations to check out around Port Phillip Bay and nearby coasts?
Apparently Smith's Beach at Phillip Island is good.
Just shallow stuff at this stage. :)

So far no pictures, so I've just bought this little Olympus TG-4 that goes down to 15m/50ft (..and then down to 45m/150ft with the optional housing)
http://www.creativeislandphoto.com/uploads/1/0/5/1/10515211/362588_orig.jpg
..and with the camera, a weight belt of ~5-6 Kgs to stop me constantly floating up to the surface. It's amazing how buoyant you are in salt water with even a thin a wetsuit.

whitey27
16-01-2016, 05:53 PM
Just starting to do some snorkeling and might end up progressing to scuba in the future..
So far, been to Ricketts Point, Beaumaris.. Rye Pier and Diamond Bay on the Mornington Peninsula.. and St Leonards Pier on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Heaps to see under the piers and we've seen (and swam with) 4 huge ~1.5m stingrays at Rye and seen others elsewhere too.

Anyone got some other good locations to check out around Port Phillip Bay and nearby coasts?
Apparently Smith's Beach at Phillip Island is good.
Just shallow stuff at this stage. :)

So far no pictures, so I've just bought this little Olympus TG-4 that goes down to 15m/50ft (..and then down to 45m/150ft with the optional housing)
http://www.creativeislandphoto.com/uploads/1/0/5/1/10515211/362588_orig.jpg
..and with the camera, a weight belt of ~5-6 Kgs to stop me constantly floating up to the surface. It's amazing how buoyant you are in salt water with even a thin a wetsuit.

Cape Liptrap, Walkerville, Pyramid Rock at Philip Island. Picnic Bay at the Prom. Magic lands at Phillip Island, Berrys beach Phillip Island, Kitty M?iller bay at the Island and Sunderland Bay at the Island also. Any where along Great Ocean Road when there's no swell and off shore breeze

BlackoutSteve
16-01-2016, 06:39 PM
Rock'n'Roll Pete. Thanks. :cool:
Have you been to any or all of these places?

Do you scuba or snorkel or both?

BlackoutSteve
20-01-2016, 01:26 PM
Portsea & Rye Piers last weekend.
Gotta admit.. I'm pretty impressed with this camera. ;)

Under the Portsea Pier..
There is so much life on the pylons.
http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/1946/1DMZnw.jpg

http://img903.imageshack.us/img903/1958/whSk6x.jpg

Crabs..
http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/2444/DKqKyc.jpg

http://img903.imageshack.us/img903/8946/5qjXSS.jpg

http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/5506/0cNkyZ.jpg

http://img911.imageshack.us/img911/3743/6UM1mb.jpg

Baby stingray. ~ 500mm across
http://img911.imageshack.us/img911/930/4wDViH.jpg

It didn't like me hovering above and decided to swim away..
http://img905.imageshack.us/img905/9052/qCsdpH.jpg

Another babe swimming.. :p
http://img903.imageshack.us/img903/6504/Xtb6Nl.jpg

Several pairs of scuba divers too.
http://img908.imageshack.us/img908/2966/rc1Uhm.jpg

http://img903.imageshack.us/img903/9513/5ushoi.jpg

The Babe had never snorkeled until a few weeks ago, and is loving it. :cool:
http://img905.imageshack.us/img905/6706/2urPYe.jpg

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The macro on this thing is simply awesome..

Grains of sand..
http://img903.imageshack.us/img903/4102/seGEni.jpg

Beetle..
http://img905.imageshack.us/img905/8837/f4BXvA.jpg

..with the tip of my index finger to show relative size..
http://img910.imageshack.us/img910/2034/QwG1Ah.jpg

Fxcking March Flies! (aka Horse Fly). Just the females bite and lap blood for protein to produce eggs.. They hurt!
http://img633.imageshack.us/img633/783/3UPdjA.jpg

Dead! :mad:
Here, you can see the two "blades" that they use to pierce/bite with..
http://img908.imageshack.us/img908/6894/7Br1ms.jpg

http://img633.imageshack.us/img633/7351/53hWA3.jpg

http://img633.imageshack.us/img633/7670/X4AJ3r.jpg

This guy was much more friendly.. :) (~25mm long)
http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/9594/ZuQFcB.jpg

http://img908.imageshack.us/img908/6088/Vhhu9V.jpg

http://img910.imageshack.us/img910/2742/NCgs0P.jpg

http://img910.imageshack.us/img910/700/gfUhve.jpg

http://img911.imageshack.us/img911/4562/AM1YyJ.jpg

http://img903.imageshack.us/img903/5173/zQna02.jpg

http://img910.imageshack.us/img910/1808/jnUAZs.jpg

BlackoutSteve
20-01-2016, 01:46 PM
Rye Pier..
Yours truly ready to go with my 6kg weight belt. ..and bulging in both the right and wrong places.. :p
http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/8858/1eETEn.jpg

http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/1586/euh0AE.jpg

http://img911.imageshack.us/img911/1827/fESkeh.jpg

Deceased crab.
http://img903.imageshack.us/img903/3712/lqeKOY.jpg

http://img910.imageshack.us/img910/114/hrF6ya.jpg

http://img633.imageshack.us/img633/3255/G41VqM.jpg

The fish were not scared at all. Sure, they'd move away from you when you got near them, but if you were slow, you'd could get real close.
http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/7992/1UAZSJ.jpg

http://img911.imageshack.us/img911/879/pdyXXZ.jpg

http://img908.imageshack.us/img908/932/rOko2F.jpg :cool:

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20-01-2016, 04:36 PM
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Original Content: Rye Pier..
Yours truly ready to go with my 6kg weight belt. ..and bulging in both the right and wrong places.. :p
http://img907.imageshack.us/img907/8858/1eETEn.jpg

cluxford
20-01-2016, 05:43 PM
That's fn gold.

BlackoutSteve
20-01-2016, 06:21 PM
There's always a smart arse! :D

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hahaha :cool:

Nice pics Steve. Looks like fun.

chevL
22-01-2016, 03:57 PM
Cool pictures. I don't know how to swim very well, however i went scuba diving for the first time last year and it was awesome. We went several times to Flinders there is a location where it is full of abalones and sea horses, rays and so on.
I didn't have an underwater camera.
:(

BlackoutSteve
04-02-2016, 01:28 PM
Cool pictures. I don't know how to swim very well, however i went scuba diving for the first time last year and it was awesome. We went several times to Flinders there is a location where it is full of abalones and sea horses, rays and so on.
I didn't have an underwater camera.
:(

Anthony, you don't need to know how to swim very well if you have a wetsuit, because the suit makes you quite buoyant. If you can lay flat, breathe through a tube and kick your feet, then you can swim and snorkel.
I need to wear 6 kilos of lead in order to become just slightly heavier than the seawater. This is so I can dive down, take pictures and not have to constantly tread water in order to stay still and submerged.

We went to Half Moon Bay at Sandringham on Tuesday. We swam under the pier where there is always fish to see and then swam out to the Cerberus.

Smooth/common toadfish.
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4836/Uc08Zb.jpg

http://imageshack.com/a/img921/6030/iuHewa.jpg

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3465/5Nmnsz.jpg

Is this a baby flathead? So well disguised on the sand.
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/181/jJmJjS.jpg

The Babe holding a shell of a sea urchin.
http://imageshack.com/a/img921/246/eyrwhn.jpg

Approaching the Cerberus..
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/776/IIyrGG.jpg

25 metres.. Now they tell us! :p This is due to the hull collapse in the late 90s.
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2509/hUhm72.jpg

Here you can see the deck comfortably out of the water in the 1970s
http://www.cerberus.com.au/aerial.jpg

..and comfortably below the water, even at low tide, in 2005. I had no idea that this ship was scuttled here way back in 1924.
http://www.cerberus.com.au/aerial_2005.jpg

I remember swimming out to the ship in the early 90's and sitting on this deck.
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7807/DadVld.jpg

Babe..
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/8418/DxkCBF.jpg

A shot I took looking at the bow which also shows it tilting a lot to one side.
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8076/9Lgo4k.jpg

Bow just out of the water
http://imageshack.com/a/img921/1622/jIhXRp.jpg

Anchor "hawse".
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1772/wGNuxd.jpg

More Babe.
http://imageshack.com/a/img921/4085/ZxT2LF.jpg

Saw this guy at the Cerberus, about 3 metres down.. Assume a youngster at around 400mm across.
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2691/POZTT4.jpg

I nearly swam into this jelly fish in the way back. Only one I saw and no tentacles. ~Tennis ball sized..
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8316/DsMLOJ.jpg

Toadfish hiding in the sand..
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2521/cYLS8o.jpg

See ya later! ;)
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3417/nSDi4z.jpg

69coupe
19-03-2016, 05:34 AM
Steve
Been scuba diving for over 50 years. Most of my Victorian diving is at Phillip Island by own boat, but you need Northely winds to get around the ocean side anywhere betwwen Cape Woolami and Seals rocks
Have own compressor etc located there. Victoria is not the best for diving but we have nice size crays
Just got back from Lord Howe Island with 40 -50 metre vis

BlackoutSteve
19-03-2016, 10:45 AM
Thanks Pete..
I've been told the Philip Island has some good spots, Smith Beach being one of them. We are yet to head down to explore the Island.. Getting late in the year for it now unless we get thicker wetsuits maybe. :)

BlackoutSteve
26-12-2016, 01:00 PM
Had a snorkel at Ricketts Point yesterday and we generally see plenty of sting rays here.
Counted near 14 about a month ago and we would have seen similar this time except our swim was shorter..
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/921/Ux8tjN.jpg

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/923/03w031.jpg

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/922/yvZJEE.jpg

...but yesterday, saw the first manta ray I've ever seen.
At a guess would saw this one was almost a meter across which might mean a youngster as apparently these grow huge.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/922/W2DQre.jpg

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/922/BCodi9.jpg

Here I am briskly swimming to keep up as it leisurely leaves me behind..
https://youtu.be/WGXVRkX3CEo

Lazy394
26-12-2016, 07:41 PM
If your quick you can dive at Ayres Rock !