It was a pleasant surprise to find underwater conditions so nice at South Solitary Island today. Our first dive was at Manta Arch with abundant fishlife along with 3 Grey Nurse Sharks under the Arch. Cruising through to Cleaner Station to meet the boat to finish the dive, we encountered more large schools of Sweep and Tarwhine, along with some Batfish in the water column.
Dive 2 took us from Cleaner Station across the top of the island, to South Boulder mooring, in hope to find some Leopard sharks. Along the way highlights were more Grey Nurse, lots of large Black Cod, Turtles and Wobbygong sharks, unfortunately no Leopards today. Good to see our baby Clown Trigger-fish and Orangutan Crab have survived the big seas of ex-cyclone Debbie.
Water temp 23-24c Visibility 15 metres and increasing to 20 metres in patches.