Dive Details



Monday 22 April 2019


8:37am - 10:07am


Some surge


5 to 15 metres


90 minutes

Surface interval

1 day 22:54 (days hh:mm)

Maximum depth

14.7 m

Average depth

10.8 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.














Today I'd be on my own which was fine. I had planned to dive The Leap but with my strobes still not working correctly I settled for The Steps again. As I was getting ready, PJ and others were heading to The Leap. I figured I'd see them in the water somewhere.

As I had for the last 2 dives at The Steps, I jumped in without my fins and put them on in the water. I swam out on the surface and when I was ready I descended to the sand/kelp. The visibility was at least 10 metres and the water temperature between 19 and 20°C. There wasn't much surge.

I swam straight to the rocks in front of the exit and looked for the small orange Red-fingered Anglerfish. I couldn't see it. I swam on to the large rock with sea tulips. Just like on Saturday, "Raphael", the yellow Red-fingered Anglerfish was no in his usual spot. I checked and checked again but he was not there. I even swam away and came back to make sure I was looking at the correct rock. I was! I then looked carefully around the rock thinking that if he'd done this before he'd be nearby. I couldn't find him at all. I took photographs of his hole to prove to myself he wasn't there (in case he's there when I return).

I swam along the sand line to the pipefishes hole. On the way I spotted a juvenile Yellow Boxfish. I took some photographs but the strobes only fired a couple of times. At the pipefishes hole I could not see any pipefishes.

I looked for the juvenile Weedy Seadragon and found it in the kelp.

I headed up to the orange Red-fingered Anglerfish near Di's Rock. My strobes behaved themselves.

Red-Fingered Anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 11.2m.

I swam along the top of the reef to the yellow Red-fingered Anglerfish. I looked for the white one on the way but couldn't find it.

Red-Fingered Anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 11.1m.

I continued to the seahorse's rock. The grey Red-fingered Anglerfish was in the middle of the top of the rock. "David", the Pot-bellied Seahorse, was on the side of the rock near the white honeycomb sponge.

I headed to the basket star as Nyrelle was photographing a dwarf lionfish just behind it. I pointed out the basket star to her.

I swam down to the rock near Diversity Rock where the white Red-fingered Anglerfish has been. It was pretty much on the same place as yesterday. I looked around for the cryptic anglerfish but could not see it. I signalled to Sue who was up near the basket star but she didn't see me.

I continued on to the pygmy pipehorses. The white male was in the same spot it has been for the last few dives, as was the pink male. I couldn't see the cryptic female.

I headed towards Big Rock and up to George's orange Red-fingered Anglerfish. It was on the same rock but was on the sand line side of the rock. As I was there three divers who'd come from The Leap swam by. It was then I realised just how good the visibility was and it was up to 15 metres.

Red-Fingered Anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 13m.

I checked Hand Rock and the rock below it for pygmy pipehorses but found none. That pygmy I found the other day seems to have gone.

I swam towards The Steps. It wasn't yet high tide so I wasn't swimming into current. I caught up with the three divers I'd seen pass me at Big Rock as I arrived back at the pygmy pipehorses. I looked for the cryptic female again but could not find her.

I next went to the white Red-fingered Anglerfish. I had another look for the cryptic anglerfish but could not see it.

Red-Fingered Anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 13.2m.

I swam up past the basket star and dwarf lionfish and as I was heading to the seahorse I spotted a small Giant Cuttlefish.

"David" was still at the base of the white honeycomb sponge and the grey Red-fingered Anglerfish was in the middle of the top of the rock.

Red-Fingered Anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 11.1m.

I continued on to the yellow Red-fingered Anglerfish and looked around for the other white Red-fingered Anglerfish. I stopped at the orange Red-fingered Anglerfish near Di's Rock.

As I swam on to the large rock with sea tulips to look for "Raphael", I looked for more anglerfish but found none. I was hoping that "Raphael" would be back in his spot but he wasn't. I checked the main rock and couldn't see him. I then checked the nearby rocks and found him on the side of a rock hidden by kelp.

Red-fingered Anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus, ("Raphael"). 10.4m.

I still had some air so I looked around for the small orange Red-fingered Anglerfish I'd found a week or so ago. I looked where I last saw it but it wasn't there. I then looked at a slightly different angle and found it hiding only around 20cm from where I last saw it. This made seven anglerfish on a dive again.

Red-Fingered Anglerfish, Porophryne erythrodactylus. 10.7m.

I swam to the boulders and ascended to Split Rock and did my safety stop. I swam underwater to the exit which was easy.

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