Dive Details



Sunday 20 May 2018


11:41am - 1:08pm


Conditions had been alright for my first dive and so I went for a second dive at The Monument. I wanted to see if some of the animals were still around after the rough seas of the past week. I also needed to work on my dive tally as I'd barely dived with Vicki being sick and the rough seas.

I got in at the protected area around a third of the way to The Steps and waded out to the edge of the reef. I descended and swam to the sand line. The visibility here seemed better than it was at The Steps and was probably around 10 metres. The water temperature was around 18°C. There wasn't much surge but there was some current. I turned left and headed towards Sutherland Point.

I swam along the sand line and accidentally swam right past Block Rock. It was only when I got to the rock where "Honey" used to be that I realised I'd missed it. I swam back to Block Rock and looked around for seahorses and anglerfishes.

I continued to the deep wall and swam along the wall looking for anglerfishes. When I got to the spot where the ornate ghostpipefish had been last year, my eyes caught the mouth of a small red-fingered anglerfish. I'm not sure how I spotted it but there it was.

Farther along the wall I dropped down to the sand to look for the juvenile weedy seadragon. I looked in the kelp and was about to give up when I finally spotted it. It has grown so much from when I first saw it.

I continued along the wall until it ended and then swam on to Carijoa Rock. The Carijoa is starting to grow back. I looked for pygmy pipehorses but found none.

I headed up to Slope Rock and surrounding rocks and looked for more pygmy pipehorses. I also looked for Mike's orange red-fingered anglerfish but it was gone from the rock where it had been last week. The robust ghostpipefish was also gone. I couldn't find the grey red-fingered anglerfish, either.

I swam on to where the female White's seahorse had been but it appears to have moved on, as well. I assume they were affected by the rough seas.

I headed up to Seahorse Rock and found two of the Nembrotha sp. nudibranchs. I looked for the third one but couldn't see it.

I dropped back down to the reef and continued on towards Sutherland Point. I was checking out rocks for anglerfishes and pygmy pipehorses as I went.

I swam past Split Rock and on to the area where we saw the second grey red-fingered anglerfish last Thursday. It had gone, too. I looked around the area hoping it hadn't gone far but couldn't find it. I did find another Nembrotha sp. nudibranch.

I swam along the intermediate wall and down to the second Carijoa covered rock. I found the spindle cowrie in the Carijoa.

I continued to Sutherland Point and swam around the point and on to the large Carijoa covered rock where the large yellow red-fingered anglerfish had been. I then headed east to the next rock and the smaller orange red-fingered anglerfish was still there.

I headed west to the rock where "Sunshine", the female pot-bellied seahorse, had been. The pair of banded coral shrimp were still in the gap in the rock. I couldn't find "Sunshine" anywhere.

I continued west hoping to find "Sunshine", or any other seahorses and kept going until the rocks on the sand petered out. I then ascended the wall and headed south to the beach. I was did my safety stop as I went. I surfaced near the gutter and waded out.




3 to 10 metres


86 minutes

Maximum depth

12.9 m

Average depth

10.0 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 D500


Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED


Ikelite 6812.5

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.

Red-fingered anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 11.4 m.

Red-fingered anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 11.3 m.

Red-fingered anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 11.6 m.