The Pinnacle dive at Bateau Bay


I photographed this vivid red/orange coral formation at my first off-shore dive at Terrigal. I have booked myself on a boat dive with Ian from Dive Imports Australia. He took us to the Pinnacle 1nm East of Bateau Bay. This is a well known and popular dive location. The Pinnacle is a rock formation located at around 18m from the surface and going all the way to around 27m at its base.

I have spotted a rather big Cuttlefish (cephalopod), which must have been close to 2 feet in length or 60cm. Sadly the Cattle Fish found me at the same time and by the time I had my camera on ready it hid underneath a rock just at the point where I had to ascend. Ah well, there is always a next time.

One more interesting fact about this dive: it was a first dive, where I did not see were I was descending to and at one point the descend line seemed to come from nowhere and lead to nowhere. Quite an interesting and desorientating feeling.

Green sea turtle


On our diving adventure at the Great Barrier Reef, no other animal was more anticipated on each dive than the green sea turtle. We were not disappointed. Out of the 11 dives, we saw turtles on 4 occasions. They were mostly young green turtles. However, on our second night dive we came across an ancient, over 100-years old specimen. It was huge, gentle, and majestic.

It may not be immediately apparent but turtles are subject to close scientific scrutiny as their well-being, numbers, reproduction, and survival rates are very indicative of the reef’s health. Recent scientific findings flagging an alarming decline in turtle hatchlings are really worrying.