We usually don't post
working dives—dives where we're just exploring new places, or simply practising free dive
techniques, or really just going out to have fun.
But today's dive far out toward the wall of Seven Mile Beach was just lucky, with all sorts of marine life spotted
We took off from Gradview along with a diving float—given the reckless jetskis and boats in the area, even this was a little scary. The water depth slowly dropped from five metres around the no-wake buoy to over fifteen metres nearer to the wall. (We never made it to the wall.)
Along the way to the deeper parts, we didn't see much. But quickly, at depth, come across a hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), then some friendly (and quite large!) great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda). Then on the way back… a nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum), a pair of green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), and so on. A lucky dive!
Despite our luck, we don't recommend diving out from this beach. There's just a lot of boat traffic, and not the most responsible-looking of boat commanders. If you do want to dive this, absolutely take a float—not just an SMB that lies in the water.
Marine life in this article: hawksbill sea turtlegreat barracudanurse sharkgreen sea turtleyellow-tail snapperbluestriped gruntFrench gruntspotted porcupinefishyellow tube spongequeen conchFrench angelfishhoneycomb cowfish.
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