Dive Details



Saturday 28 February 2015


1:12pm - 2:28pm


There was a slight easterly swell on the bay but it was not making much impression on the surface at The Leap. As the tide was low I had no problem using the low shelf as my entry point. I jumped in, descended and swam at around 60°. I ended up at the end of the wall. Visibility was around 10 metres and there was a bit of surge perpendicular to the sand line.

I swam north west to Pygmy Rock and was disappointed to see that the large white male pygmy pipehorse was no longer on Pygmy Rock. I searched the rest of Pygmy Rock finding a small brown pygmy pipehorse almost immediately and 2 more after a but more searching. It was only after reviewing my photographs that I realised I had actually found 4 pygmies in total as there were two together. Pygmy Rock just keeps giving and I have seen at least one pygmy pipehorse on it for every dive since the start of October 2014.

I headed on to Seahorse Rock and found a weedy seadragon on the way. It was one I have seen in the same approximate location numerous times since March 2014. This was the first time I had seen it since 1 January 2015.

I found "Rosie" on the rock behind Seahorse Rock. She was hiding near the top. I could not find any other seahorses on the rock with her.

I continued on to the location where "Southern Cross" used to live. I searched for "Pierre" but could not find him. I was not surprised as he can be difficult to find and often hides.

I swam on to Seadragon Alley where I found 4 weedy seadragons. I had seen all 4 before and 2 of them were males but they no longer had eggs.

After Seadragon Alley I headed up to the top of the reef. I followed the top of the reef along to as far as Little Big Rock and then headed back to the sand line in the hope I could find the Miamira magnifica nudibranch that Deb Cooke found a few weeks ago. I didn't find it. I then headed to the boulders, reaching them near the Plesiastrea colonies. The visibility dropped to around 3 metres at this point. I did my safety stop and exited at The Steps.




3-10 metres


76 minutes

Maximum depth

21.4 m

Average depth

16.1 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.

Sydney pygmy pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. 20.9 m.

Sydney pygmy pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. 21 m.

Sydney pygmy pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. 20.7 m.

Sydney pygmy pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. A second one can be seen in the background. 20.5 m.

Sydney pygmy pipehorses, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. 20.7 m.

Sydney pygmy pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri. 20.7 m.

Weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. 20.8 m.

Female pot-bellied seahorse, Hippocampus abdominalis, ("Rosie"). 18.9 m.

Weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. 16.6 m.

Reaper cuttlefish, Sepia mestus. 16.7 m.

Pygmy leatherjacket, Brachaluteres jacksonianus. 16 m.

Weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. 16 m.