Monday, December 28, 2009

John Point - Big, orange nudibranchs!

27 Dec 09

"...They are so gorgeous it's a crime!"
Today I snorkeled at John Point, Cape Peron, for the second time this month. This time I visited John Point with Jude and Truc. It was an excellent snorkel with good visibility underwater and fantastic finds - like these big, orange nudibranchs that Jude spotted. (I must admit Jude seems to be better at spotting interesting creatures than I do!)

We saw two of these pretty nudibranchs - Ceratosoma brevicaudatum. They are not little like the nudibranchs that I have seen before (HERE, HERE and HERE). These guys must be 10 - 15 cm long! They are so gorgeous it's a crime!

Another interesting find is this prickly leatherjacket which I have come across only a few times so far. An unusual-looking guy with tentacles all over its body. Check out other photos of the prickly leatherjacket that I took off Cottesloe HERE.

Honestly, I have never been disappointed whenever I visited John Point. There are just so much to be seen even in shallow water. like the big, orange nudis. And the water seems to be calm all the time. By contrast, the Cape Peron Snorkeling Trail doesn't seem that interesting in my opinion. John Point is definitely highly recommended if you want to see interesting marine creatures and don't bother to go too deep.

So, is anyone interested to start a blog documenting their underwater encounters at John Point?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sydney snorkel - Camp Cove

20 October 2009
I went snorkeling at Camp Cove on the last day of my stay in Sydney. It's a fantastic snorkeling spot, especially off the right end of the beach.

Cuttlefish seem to be a common sight here. I must have come across ten or more of them, in just an hour, mostly in shallow water of 2-3 meters. Watching a cuttlefish swim and change its color was fun! And these guys were not too shy. They didn't dash off immediately when I approached them.

Besides cuttlefish, there were lots of other interesting invertebrates at Camp Cove, e.g. jellyfish, sea anemones, fan worms, zoanthids and sea stars.
And an exciting find was this little nudibranch (Ceratosoma amoena) which I found on a huge rock off the left end of the beach. It was probably grazing on the algae-covered rock.

Of course I saw a good variety of fishes at Camp Cove, including a shy blue groper that quickly swam off when I approached it. But an amazing encounter was seeing a school of flutemouths resting at 3-4 meters. I first saw six flutemouths off the right end of the beach, and then another six when I swam out from the left end of the beach.


Final note:
a relief! I could finally finish up my Sydney snorkel series. The last two months have been incredibly busy for me and I realized how painfully slow I have been in updating this little blog. Hopefully things will improve after New Year.