Mornington Pier, Melbourne VIC Australia
Gearing up in the shallows at the start of the pier in mornington. Viz was around 8 to 10 meters with no waves or wind and water temp of about 19 degrees celcius.
Old Wifes swim past in a school at about 5 meters deep. No flash used.
The northern pacific sea star are taking over and eating all the life. You can see how thick they are in some areas. Thankfully divers remove them from the water to help keep the numbers down even if its only for a short while. Its actually illegal to retun these starfish to the water if you take them out as they are a huge problem to the native life, so take as many as you can carry on the swim back and dump them into the bin. Orange and fruit string bags fit inside a bcd pocket or can be tucked up a sleve of your wetsuit. Make sure its only these orange colored 5 leged starfish that you remove.
Magpie perch at mornington pier at 7 meters deep under the pier, flash used.
Some areas under the Mornington Pier have a muddy silt which is easy to stir up and ruin a photo. Fuffer fish taken with flash under pier at about 5 meters deep.
A very tame boar fish at mornington pier at around 7 meters deep.
One of my buddies was a bit camera shy ;)
A photo of the camera man taking a break at 10 meters with a Jack Daniels can.
A moonlighter fish in front of a large rock covered in sea grass which is all along one side of the pier, funnily the starfish dont seem to eat the seagrass as theres plenty of it covering the rocks.
A wrasse, moonlighter and a leather jacket all in the one ledge.
Night Diving at Mornington Pier
Sea Cucumber, heaps of these with different colours and patterns are out at night moving around.
Sea grass and soft corals with lots of crabs around picking up after the fisherman.
Lots of seagrass and silt.