I visited Gordon Bay and Clovelly Bay this morning but the water was choppy and snorkeling was out of the question. After a quick dip in the swimming pool at Clovelly Bay, I decided to go back to Shelly Beach again - my second visit to Cabbage Tree Bay.
Anyway, I have seen many fishes without having to go too deep and managed to photograph some of them. The Fairy Bower reef is surely a good spot to snorkel!
Female crimson-banded wrasse (Notolabrus gymnogenis)
Male crimson-banded wrasse (Notolabrus gymnogenis)
Male Maori wrasse (Ophthalmolepis lineolatus)
A mature male fish has a dark stripe along the sides and blue scribbles on the head. Females lack the dark stripe along the side. The fish gets its common name from the blue scribbles on the head of an adult male, said to resemble the facial tattoos of the Maori people. This fish is common on the coastal reefs of south-eastern and south-western Australia. Like the crimson-banded wrasse, the Maori wrasse is born a female and undergoes sex change later in life.
After my two snorkels off Shelly Beach, I was very impressed with the Fairy Bower reef and will recommend it to anyone. I have seen interesting marine life there even in shallow water, including a green moray eel, some leatherjackets, two cuttlefish, a stingray, and a school of squids.