Dive Details



Friday 5 April 2019


8:16am - 9:48am


Some surge and current


5 to 8 metres


92 minutes

Surface interval

22:25 (hh:mm)

Maximum depth

14.2 m

Average depth

11.3 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.














I was on my own today and the tides were such that I'd only get an hour before high tide. This made The Steps the best choice, plus I wanted to check out the new yellow Red-fingered Anglerfish with eggs. It was also calm again.

I got in at The Steps, put my fins on in the water and swam out on the surface. I descended to the boulders and then swam out to the kelp and rocks on the sand. Visibility was between 5 and 8 metres. The water temperature was around 21°C. There was only slight surge.

I headed for the large rock out from the entry where I spotted the yellow Red-fingered Anglerfish with eggs yesterday. On the way I spotted a Weedy Seadragon with a Eastern Cleaner Clingfish on its back. I took some photographs of the clingfish as well as my usual ID shots of the weedy.

I looked on the rock at the yellow Red-fingered Anglerfish, "Raphael", was in the same spot as yesterday. I tried to see the eggs but "Raphael" was in the way.

I headed to where I thought I'd seen the small orange Red-fingered Anglerfish yesterday but couldn't find it or, more likely, couldn't find the right rock. I continued on to the orange Red-fingered Anglerfish hanging under the side of the rock near Di's Rock.

I swam down to the sand line and the pipefishes hole. I spotted the Sawtooth Pipefish for just long enough to snap one photograph before it disappeared.

I followed the sand line a short way and found the juvenile Weedy Seadragon that Georgia had found a couple of weeks ago. I took some photographs.

I continued along the sand line to the off-white Red-fingered Anglerfish. It was in its usual spot and appears to have eggs. I had always assumed it was a female by the size but did not expect females to guard eggs.

I headed to the Pot-bellied Seahorses behind Little Big Rock. On the way I spotted a Weedy Seadragon near where Dama & Roney's Sawtooth Pipefish had been.

I found "David", the Pot-bellied Seahorse hanging on to the purple sponges on the larger rock. I looked around for "Petra" but could not see her.

I continued on to Diversity Rock. I looked around for the white Red-fingered anglerfish but could not find it. I swam up to the basket star.

I swam along the top of the reef past Sponge Hollow and started looking for George's orange Red-fingered Anglerfish. I found it again on the same rock it had been yesterday, just up from Hand Rock.

I headed to Hand Rock and found both pygmy pipehorses together in front of the hand sponge.

I swam over to Big Rock and looked near the sea tulip for the pygmy pipehorses. I found the male straight away next to the sea tulips. After a bit of searching I found the female. She was quite well hidden.

I headed back towards The Steps via George's orange Red-fingered Anglerfish. I had another look around Diversity Rock before going up to the seahorses. I spotted a Weedy Seadragon just before I got to "David". It was the same one I'd seen on my way out. "David" was still in the purple sponge.

I swam along the sand line to the off-white Red-fingered anglerfish. I took some more photographs and the eggs looked more obvious.

I continued along the sand line to the pipefishes hole. I was expecting to see the juvenile Weedy Seadragon but couldn't find it. I swam up to the orange Red-fingered Anglerfish near Di's Rock and took some more photographs.

I stayed high as I swam towards The Steps. I wanted to find the small orange Red-fingered Anglerfish. I started from the rock I first saw it two weeks ago and then followed the same path I followed yesterday. I found the rock and the anglerfish. That made 5 Red-fingered anglerfish for the dive.

I headed to the large rock out from the entry/exit and to "Raphael", the yellow Red-fingered Anglerfish with the pink mask. My photographs clearly show his eggs.

I swam to the boulders and ascended to Split Rock and did my safety stop. I swam underwater to the exit and got out on the platform.