|Magic Point 16-02-13|
I didn't realise how long it had been since we went to Magic Point. Wayne, Heinz and I headed out of Botany Bay on a calm sea. When we got there we were the only ones. That's always a good start. The water was that amazing blue that you rarely see in Sydney, it's usually a tropical water thing. We could see the shot line down to 12m and knew this was going to be a good dive.
And it was. At the cave we counted 13 GNS, many juvenile. They were quite active, maybe a result of the 21 degree water temp. The sharks swam out of the cave and across the kelp beds. Many of them headed shallower so we could get some good shots of them above us. The juveniles were the most active but also very curious and they came quite close to us as they checked us out. Even the adults came close for a look. There were also 4 wobbiegongs that I saw around the cave, 3 juvenile and one big old fella in a rock ledge to the east of the cave.
At the second cave were lots of bullseye, 3 large bannerfish, a mourning cuttle and a giant cuttle. All very interesting creatures.
After 70 minutes we headed back to the anchor but as I was about the ascend I was another cuttle and then across the sand a fiddler ray so I headed across to get a pic of it. It did not stay around long, swimming off into the distance. A 75 minute dive at Magic Point - almost unheard off - usually after 30 mins we've experienced enough.
We didn't see any other divers but when we surfaced we saw Henry from Plunge and the large Pro-Dive boat. Henry had divers in the water while Pro-Dive was just pulling up. For us we had the perfect timing, beating the crowds.