This blog contains photos, mainly taken during diving around Perth and other parts of Western Australia, with occasional other locations thrown in. This header photograph was taken during a trip to Sipadan Island off the coast of Borneo. It shows a Grey Reef Shark disappearing into the gloom, which drops to around 600 metres deep - I was at around 30 metres!!
Both of these fish species are very common on the off-shore reefs around Perth. This shot was taken at the 23 Metre Ledge off Mindarie Marina in Perth's northern suburbs a few days ago. It was nice to catch both species in the same shot.
This shot was taken from the 23 Metre Ledge off the coast at Mindarie Marina a few days ago. Several Buffalo Bream were passing a few metres out from the reef, just too far for my flash to be effective.
The Striped catfish is not see very often on the reefs around Perth, however, the juveniles are often found in crevices and caves on the reef or even in man-made structure such as large pipes etc. They usually form closely packed balls for protection. This shot was taken on the 23 Metre Ledge NW of Mindarie Marina, which is located in Perth's northern suburbs.
Another shot from yesterdays dive at the 23 Metre Ledge off Mindarie Marina. The Breaksea Cod varies in colour from yellowish orange in deep water to dark brown in shallower water. This one was at around 20 metres.
This shot was taken this morning during a dive at the 23 Metre Ledge, about 4 kilometers NW of Mindarie Marina. The fish was under a ledge but quite happy for me to get several shots. It was around 60cm long and is the largest of this species that I've seen. This was the first outing for my latest underwater camera - A Canon G12.
This shot was taken recently on The Strip - a long reef system off the coast at Mindarie Marina in the northern Perth suburbs. The Strip is a good dive site because the top of the reef is at eighteen metre deep then then is a seven metre drop to the sandy bottom. This gives a perfect vertical seven metre wall to explore!! The reef stretches for several kilometres and there are lots of interesting sites along its length. The Western King Wrasse is seen on most dives around here and they are relatively timid, hiding in the weed on the top of the reef. This one very kindly posed for me.
This shot was taken on Three Mile Reef off the coast of Perth near Hillarys Marina. The Red-Lipped Morwong is commonly found under ledges and they are around 60 - 75 centimetres long. They are very docile and hardly move when confronted by divers.
The Common Bullseye is, as its name suggests, extremely common on the offshore reefs around Perth. They normally congregate in large shoals and just hang in the water together in caves and hollows in the reefs. They lazily move when a diver approaches and reform behind when the way is clear - they never seem topanic or hurry!! This one was on its own and allowed me to get a close-up shot.