Dive Details



Saturday 24 January 2015


9:08am - 10:30am


It was a beautiful day at La Perouse and the waters around Bare Island were quite calm thanks to the protection from the easterly swell provided by Henry Head. I was able to jump in on the western side of the island just south of the north west tip. I descended and headed at a bearing of around 240° which took me just to the east of the seahorses.

I found "Andrey" immediately who was on the lower tier as usual. I couldn't find "Della" on the middle tier where she's been for the last few months. I found "Tomas" on the side of the top tier where he often is. Eventually, I found "Della" on a large green sponge on the top tier.

After finding all three seahorses, I headed a long the reef for a bit and then headed north up one of the channels finding a red indianfish along the way. I then headed north across the sand and found a souther spiny gurnard.

When I got to the shallow wall I followed it west then north around the island and around the corner past the cave. Just around the corner I found a beautiful nudibranch that I'd never seen before. It was Ardeadoris rubroannulata.

I followed the wall up to the rock with the pygmy pipehorses and found one almost immediately. After much looking I didn't find any more. While I was there, Kim arrived with divers in tow so I took her to see the cool nudibranch and then returned to the pygmy pipehorse before heading for the exit doing my saftey stop along the way. I exited to the west of the ramp on the shelf.




5 to 10 metres


81 minutes

Maximum depth

17.6 m

Average depth

12.2 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.

Male pot-bellied seahorse. Hippocampus abdominalis, ("Andrey"). 17 m.

Female pot-bellied seahorse. Hippocampus abdominalis, ("Della"). 15.4 m.

Male pot-bellied seahorse. Hippocampus abdominalis, ("Tomas"). 15.8 m.

Red indianfish, Pataecus fronto. 16.1 m.

Red indianfish, Pataecus fronto. 16.1 m.

Southern spiny gurnard, Lepidotrigla pleuracanthica. 15.4 m.

Mourning cuttlefish, Sepia plangon. 14.7 m.

Common Sydney octopus, Octopus tetricus. 12.4 m.

Sea star, Petricia vernicina. 11.4 m.

Nudibranch, Ardeadoris rubroannulata. 12.9 m.

Male Sydney pygmy pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. 10.8 m.

Male Sydney pygmy pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. 10.7 m.

Male Sydney pygmy pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. 10.8 m.