Dive Details



Saturday 15 December 2018


12:34pm - 2:15pm


Malcolm Nobbs


Some surge and current


3 to 8 metres


100 minutes

Surface interval

1:12 (hh:mm)

Maximum depth

13.6 m

Average depth

10.6 m

Water temperature



Dive Profile from Garmin Descent Mk1

Tides at Botany Bay AEDT

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














For the second dive of the second day, Malcolm and I dived The Monument again. I was keen to look for more pygmy pipehorses and Malcolm was happy with pygmy pipehorses and the red-fingered anglerfishes.

We again got in from the protected area a third of the way to The Steps. The tide was a little higher than the first dive so the entry was a little easier. We descended and swam towards the sand line. The visibility was down a little from the first dive but was still 5 to 8 metres. There was a bit of surge and some current. The water temperature was around 17°C.

I swam straight to the small orange red-fingered anglerfish. I took a few photographs and then let Malcolm have a go. I cruised on ahead.

We swam past Block Rock and the next sponge covered rock and then on to Pygmy Hollow. I spotted the male pygmy pipehorse in the gap but could not find any others on the adjacent rock. While Malcolm was photographing the pygmy I looked around the adjacent rocks.

We headed over to Honey's Rock and the orange red-fingered anglerfish on the shoreward side of the rock. As I was taking photographs of the anglerfish I got the impression that my right strobe wasn't firing but I couldn't be sure.

We swam along the Deep Wall and I looked for the seahorses as I always do. I also kept an eye out on the sand for weedy seadragons.

We headed up over the wall and I had a quick look for pygmy pipehorses on the rock near the top of the wall. I then went over to the sponge garden to look for seahorses.

We checked out the slope below Seahorse Rock for "Nia", the brown White's seahorse but I still couldn't find her. It has been a few weeks now since I last saw her.

We continued along the reef past Split Rock and on to the rock where the grey red-fingered anglerfish had been for weeks. The orange red-fingered anglerfish I'd spotted on the first dive was still there.

We swam down to the Valley of the Pygmies. I found the male at the south-eastern end of the Valley first. While I was taking its photograph I realised that my right strobe was definitely not firing. It looks like the tube has gone as all the other functions work fine. I then found the partner of that male up and a bit to the left from him. After taking photographs I pointed them both out to Malcolm and moved on.

I looked for the female on the slope that was closest to the Carijoa covered rock. She was where I saw her on the first dive. I then found her partner. I next found the tiny juvenile. Then the pink female that is probably the partner of the reliable male. Finally, I saw the reliable male.

I headed to the Carijoa and sponge covered rock and spotted both the pink female and the red and white male pygmy pipehorses. I also saw the grey female and pink male I'd found on the first dive. I pointed all 4 pygmies out to Malcolm and then went back to the slope.

On the slope I found another juvenile pygmy pipehorse. This one was pink and larger than the other juvenile. That made 2 pairs on the rock, 3 pairs on the slope and 2 juveniles; 12 pygmy pipehorses in total at the Valley of the Pygmies.

We headed along the NW-SE Wall and up to the top and then cut across to the corner. We headed to the large Carijoa rock at the end of the East-West Wall and to the small orange red-fingered anglerfish there. We took some photographs before moving on.

We went a short distance west along the East-West Wall before ascending the wall to 5 metres and swimming along the top of it. We then cut in and headed south over the kelp. We continued south and I found a sea hare on the sand. We stayed underwater until it was too shallow and then waded out through the channel in front of the flagpoles.