Dive at The Steps, Kurnell, NSW on 26/10/13 - ATJ's Diving Site

Dive Details



26 October, 2013


11:58am - 1:23pm


My aim on this dive was to find anglers. First, I had to find "Big John" who had moved from the rock we'd seen it previously. Second, I wanted to find some new anglers.

I entered at The Steps and headed straight to the sand line. I swam along the sand line towards The Leap until I got to tiny orange painted angler, "Little Andrew". This angler was on the rock next to where the yellow form of the undescribed angler, "Big John", had been seen previously. I checked this rock thoroughly again but could not find the angler. I then started checking adjacent rocks. I hadn't got far when I discovered what I believe is "Big John" on a rock higher up from the sand line and diagonally opposite "Little Andrew".

The first part of my mission accomplished I started looking for new anglers. Rather than swimming along the sand line as we usually do, I headed up and looked over all the sponge covered rocks in from the sand line. I gradually moved towards The Leap going from rock to rock. After less than 30 minutes of searching I managed to find a tiny painted angler on a small sponge in a fairly barren space. I named this angler "Robin". I then swam down to the sand line so I could work out exactly where it was and I'd be able to find it again. Once I was confident I'd be able to locate it, I stayed on the sand line and headed towards The Leap.

On my way towards The Leap, I passed the Miamira magnifica nudibranch at its usual location as well as the basket star. The visibility was getting worse the further I went so when I arrived at the large sponge covered rock I again headed up from the sand line and investigated more of the higher sponge covered rocks along the way back to The Steps.

I eventually made my way back to the painted angler, "Robin" and then from here headed back to the sand line to cover the ground I'd missed on my way out. I followed the sand line back to "Little Andrew" and "Big John" and then headed to the shallows for a safety stop next to the colonies of stony coral, Plesiastrea versipora. I exited at The Steps.




5-8 metres


85 minutes

Maximum depth

14.9 m

Average depth

11.0 m

Water temperature



Dive Profile from Citizen Hyper Aqualand

Tides at Botany Bay AEDT

Note that tides at dive site may vary from above location.













Camera gear


Nikon D7000


Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D


Ikelite 6801.70

Lens port

Ikelite Flat Port 5502.41


2 x Ikelite SubStrobe DS161


Depth information, where present, indicates the depth of the camera when the photograph was taken and can be used to approximate the depth of the subject.

Nudibranch, Chromodoris hunterae. 10.6 m.

Tiny painted angler, Antennarius pictus, ("Little Andrew"). 12.7 m.

Undescribed angler ("Big John").11.6 m.

Undescribed angler ("Big John").11.5 m.

Nudibranch, Glossodoris atromarginata. 10.8 m.

Tiny painted angler, Antennarius pictus, ("Robin"). 11.7 m.

Nudibranch, Miamira magnifica. 13.7 m.

Nudibranch, Hypselodoris bennetti. 12.6 m.

Mosaic leatherjacket, Eubalichthys mosaicus. 14.5 m.

Mosaic leatherjacket, Eubalichthys mosaicus. 14.5 m.

Basket star, Astrosierra amblyconus. 13.6 m.

Tiny painted angler, Antennarius pictus, ("Robin"). 11.8 m.

Tiny painted angler, Antennarius pictus, ("Little Andrew"). 12.8 m.

Undescribed angler ("Big John").11.5 m.

Undescribed angler ("Big John").11.2 m.

Undescribed angler ("Big John").11.8 m.

Stony coral, Plesiastrea versipora. 5.9 m.