After a very surgy dive at Cape Banks we seek the
relative shelter of Botany Bay. A cuppa beside Bare Island
watching divers struggle into the water on what looked like a very high
tide. Then across to anchor reef to see if we could find the
pygmy pipe horse again. This would be my first dive with my new
camera and twin INON strobes. The camera is a Canon IXUS 980IS
which I got from Sea Optics along with the housing and second strobe.
The viz was poor indeed. With the anchor secured at the top of the
reef we headed over the the edge of the reef, dropping down and past the
deteriorating anchor. Around the end following the reef we come to
the rock where the pygmy pipe horse was. Wayne spots it again.
We take a heap of photos, taking turns. The viz deteriorates and
while I am taking pics of Wayne has moved on a few metres. I could
not see him, despite the strobe spotting lights and the flashing strobe
on his BCD, and he was less than 3m away. As a second dive on air our
deco limit was coming up fast so we high tailed it back. Took
several sweeps of the reef to find our anchor but then after we released
it we were moving so fast (driven by the wind) that we felt we could
easily end up too close to Bare Island before we were back in the boat.
Wayne hooked the anchor back in and then we made a leisurely ascent
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