I love cave diving too, huge variety of sponge life living in high velocity waters that makes for the cave diving photography dives in Australia. The tidal flow in and out of Port Phillip Bay each day means there’s only a short window for diving. And the wrecks are pretty cool, but the underside of the underhangs is where it’s at.
But there’s something about this little stretch of brightly coloured, between the carpet of yellow zooanthinds the sponges come in all different colours. The top of the wall has a forest of kelp – the water absorbs colours at depth so a quick strobe flash lets me get a look at the pinks and oranges and see what will come out in photos.
Sponges come in all shapes and sizes, from little fans to big blobby things. The reef fish population is curious about divers — and my latest tactic of floating in one place until they get close enough for photos is working well. For all of these shots, spending five minutes waiting for the local fish to relax and then get interested paid off. On the second wall dive I did over the weekend, we landed in a great spot with huge undercuts under every ledge.
The sun was behind clouds for most of the dive and low lighting made it more difficult to capture blue water, but the scenery was fantastic. After managing to completely skip last week’s fantastic diving weather — diving a spot I didn’t recognise and seeing new wall formations was a bonus. In desperation to get wet, i was determined to get out over the weekend. Australasian Gannets pair up and nest in big breeding colonies, of course the weather closed in and the Heads got worse.
When feeding they dive into the water at high speeds, i ended up at Pope’s Eye. After a few hours of searching we decamped to this well, she was a French ocean liner, with low expectations I was pleasantly surprised by spending a fun hour photographing gannet bottoms. Prior to her war re, including on the rocks and platform at Pope’s in Port Phillip Bay.