We had dived the Annie M Miller and Magic Point is a
good second dive on the way back. I had promised Jenny a dive with
the Grey Nurse sharks and today was the day. We picked her up at
Long Bay at the beach. When we got close to Magic Point we could
see 3 other boats there. Sea Tamer was there with a full load of
divers. The frenchman Scubaroo was there with a good compliment
and there was another smaller boat as well. After talking to Damo
and frenchman we anchored in our usual spot. Wayne went in first,
and then I helped Jen get ready. This was her first backward roll
and she did it like a pro. Finally I am in the water and down we
go. Approaching the cave we saw many divers churning up the
bottom. Wayne counted 12 plus us. The divers were really
hemming the sharks in. The sharks could really only swim within
the cave itself but not out either end or in front of the cave.
I nudged my way through to get close and motioned for Jen to join me.
We spent 20 mins there and over that time most of the other divers left.
We saw 4 sharks of good size and very healthy. We found a fifth
who was swimming towards the cave on the right hand side. It could
not get through the throng of divers and turned and headed back out
After 20mins we headed out again. Jen found
a gloomy octopus but I could not coax it out. We went deeper out,
down to 22m, an area that I had not been to before. I wanted Jen
to get some depth but she was feeling some kind of pressure in her head
when she went below 19m. We found a young wobbie resting under
some rocks. We took one last trip across the cave. A young
Beechers devil fish was lurking on the left end of the cave. I
have seen 2 here before. This could be the smaller one of those,
the other was full grown. The viz was still poor but we did get
another look a the sharks with no one else around.
that with the amount of divers now regularly visiting this site the
shark numbers will decline and we will lose the colony completely.