Dive Details



Monday 8 June 2015


9:53am - 11:16am


This dive was my 1,000th logged dive which means I have done somewhat more than 1,000 dives.

The Leap looked calm and the water clear. I was able to get in from the low shelf and Ben jumped in from the top platform. The visibility at the entry point was at least 5 metres. We descended and headed to the sand line at around 60° arriving in the middle of the amphitheatre. The visibility here was around 10 metres.

We headed to Pygmy Rock to the south east. Just like on Saturday there was a weedy seadragon just on the other side of the flat top rock from Pygmy Rock. Interestingly, it was not the same individual but rather one I first saw at the end of last year at Seadragon Alley and last seen between here and Seahorse Rock.

At Pygmy Rock we looked and looked but could not find any pygmy pipehorses. I hope the little one is still around and I just couldn't find it.

We swam off towards The Steps. After Seahorse Rock we stopped to look for "Pierre", the pot-bellied seahorse. He was hiding amongst some sponges and I only saw him because his tail was wrapped around the outside of the sponge.

We continued on to Seadragon Alley where we saw 4 more weedy seadragons. All had been previously seen including one that I first saw at the end of 2013 so it's been around for at least 17 months.

After Seadragon Alley we continued along the sand line until big rock and then we moved up the reef a bit. We were hoping to see the Miamira magnifica but as I forgot to take note of its location, we didn't find it.

We made our way to the boulders and did our safety stop before exiting at The Steps.


Ben Layman




10-15 metres


83 minutes

Maximum depth

21.5 m

Average depth

15.5 m

Water temperature



Dive Profile from Citizen Hyper Aqualand

Tides at Botany Bay AEST

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.

Common Sydney octopus, Octopus tetricus. 8.7 m.

Sea star macro, Asterodiscides truncatus. 20.3 m.

Eastern smooth boxfish, Anoplocapros inermis. 21 m.

Male pot-bellied seahorse, Hippocampus abdominalis, ("Pierre"). 19.6 m.

Weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. 17.5 m.

Weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. 17.8 m.

Weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus. 16.8 m.

Reaper cuttlefish, Sepia mestus. 16.2 m.

Nudibranch, Okenia hallucigenia. 12.8 m.

Basket star, Astrosierra amblyconus. 13.2 m.

Sea star, Uniophora granifera. 10.6 m.