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Recently I had the most incredible weekday dive at Blairgowrie Pier in Melbourne with six other divers. The objective of the dive was to see whether we could locate any of the fascinating and cutely grotesque tasselled anglerfish that disguise themselves as soft corals and sponge and are exceptionally difficult to find. I am thrilled to report that, amongst many other creatures, we managed to locate four of these extraordinary ‘fluffy muppet fish’, as I love to call them. Here’s the proof (just look for the crazy eye, the open mouth and the V shaped, cream coloured fishing lure on the forehead!)
Within the group, we also managed to see a large smooth ray, a shovel nose ray, a squad of calamari squid, a tiny cuddlefish, the odd spider crab, a stargazer and a large seahorse (here’s a short bonus video, featuring a couple of these pretty critters 🙂 )
Right at the end of the dive, I came across this small angel shark, swimming then burying itself beneath the sand in the shallows like a stargazer. This is only the second time I have ever come across an angel shark. The first was on a night dive in 2011 when I was one of the first people in Melbourne to stumble across the spider crab migration by the light of an eerie full moon at Rye Pier.
Far from being the docile little angels they appear, the two angel sharks were most agitated by my filming of them as they attacked the crabs, and they quickly turned their aggression towards me and the bright light on my camera. Apparently they can deliver a rather nasty bite, so I am fortunate not to have sustained any injuries. Feeling slightly guilty, I was somewhat grateful when they turned their feisty attention back to the unfortunate crabs they were feasting upon.
Within the coming weeks, the spider crabs should once again commence their mass moulting and mating aggregation at Rye Pier. The heart within me leaps with anticipation; I cannot wait to share this extraordinary upcoming event with you! Next goal on my Bucket List: 365 dives – one for each day of the year (I’m already up to 338 😀 ) And whale sharks and tiger sharks somehow would be completely awesome too 😛
Love and bubbles,
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