|Magic Point 21-06-14|
Wayne and I headed out of Port Botany - a bit later than normal on June 21. Flat seas gave us a quick trip down to Magic Point and at the start we had the place all to ourselves. Visibility was excellent, possible 20m and water temperature around 18C.
We counted 14 GNS at the cave, juveniles and adults. The female that had a cord wrapped around it's neck was there and she is very healthy (see photos). We also saw a 1.2m juvenile female with a large hook stuck in it's mouth and gills. What was stuck in her mouth was two ganged fish hooks with a very strong nylon line running to a swivel. The swivel was dragging on the sand so there was a high risk of it getting caught in rocks. This would almost certainly have meant the end of this lovely animal. Thankfully she was rescued and got a good dose of antibiotics. Details are in this article: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/news/all/2014/successful-rescue-shark.
We had the scooters so headed off to the second cave after 20 minutes, and another 2 GNS there plus lots of schools of Pomfrey and yellowtail, and of course the usual wobbiegong in the hole to the east of the cave.
We kept going past the second cave, there are a number of smaller overhangs in that direction and lots more schools of fish. We passed an old weightbelt - it had 30lb of lead in it. We could not leave it behind so attached a line to it, shot a sausage to the surface and picked it up after the dive. Needed the left bag to get it up but well worth it.
On the way back I passed a dead PJ. It had not been eaten at all so could not have been dad for very long.
Back at the main cave and 2 other divers were there and a few minutes later the crowds from ProDive. We left at that point.